Azjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3630 posts, RR: 29 Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11529 times:
Looks nice and a lot like the WorldGateway... except for that awful blue! At any rate, it is light years better than what used to sit on that land, just a few years ago. Finally, DTW can have an entire airport they're proud of.
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4419 posts, RR: 35 Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 11369 times:
Very sharp-looking terminal. Congratulations DTW. The North Terminal is an example of how to build an attractive, if not overly innovative, building for reasonable costs. I like the blue; too many new airports are almost completely sensory-deprivation light gray, and blue goes well with gray. It adds some interest to the building without increasing costs. The only thing I wouldn't have painted blue are the Jetways; for some reason those seem to look best in some variation of white or gray.
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7479 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 11185 times:
Looks interesting, but that blue around the gates IMO doesn't go with the other colors to me. I hope they don't plan on using those tiny LCD TV's for the check-in desks everywhere, I see AA has their big signs, and AirTran put their cheap looking signs up. Also was it me or did they actually paint the gates that ugly blue as well? Nice looking terminal but I still think a mini Midfield terminal design would have been nicer, since even that still looks a lot nicer IMO, of course this is certainly a step up from the old terminals.
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
Where as that terminal is full of WOW, curved rooflines, and lots of Windows, this building is very box like, with very limited windows. However, great news folks....NO BLACK DOTS in the North Terminal windows!
Bdc767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10968 times:
As a long time resident of the DTW area and a Smith Terminal user. I must be the only person (so far) who is less than overwhelmed by the new DTW North Terminal. Let me start by saying that ANY terminal to replace the Smith & Berry Terminals is a welcome change. However; As seen from the ramp-side, this terminal is a gray windowless uninspiring mass of sheet metal. It's only slightly better from curb-side. This new terminal is very utilitarian in appearance. That's OK I guess in the economic climate we live in. While riding the employee shuttle to the Smith Terminal I've been watching the progress on the new terminal and one simple phrase stuck in my mind. The new North Terminal is, to me, a "Monolith to Mediocrity." It shows no great style or panache. And in fact, it supports the "Detroit is a gray, boring place" mindset.
PSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7181 posts, RR: 29 Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10723 times:
The key point with this terminal is that they are getting a brand new, operationally efficient building that was completed on-time and within budget. The key issue with the terminal was that airlines did not want a significant increase in operating costs.
The cost of construction materials and labor has skyrocked in the time between when initial funding was approved several years ago and today.
I posted this in another thread:
In reality, the only thing similar between the new North Terminal and the Worldgateway is that they are "New" and using a more linear design with repeating section. They are very, very different in design & functionality though.
The Worldgateway was essentially designed the way NW wanted it to use as a hub gateway. This includes the tram, tunnel, club rooms, etc. It also includes the flashier things such as the fountain, the special tile in the restrooms, the light/sound show in the tunnel, the tram, the jumbo-tron tv's, etc.
The new North terminal, is more for basical functionality and and less flash. It was designed to primarily be and O&D facility. They also had to balance the needs of many different airlines during the design & construction process. Airlines like NK & WN were particularly adamant about avoiding significant cost increases in airport rent / landing fees. NK wanted things designed one way (for there now almost defunct focus city operation), WN balked at paying for the ground transportation center, and AA wanted some things their way. The other problem was the huge spike in the cost of construction materials & labor over the time from when the initial project began to now. They have done an excellent job containing costs and appear to have built an excellent terminal with a yeoman budget.
The Worldgateway & North terminal don't really look anything alike either. Plus, the new North terminal has Blue jetbridges.....
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10593 times:
Quoting DTW.SCE" class=quote target=_blank>PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 14): The Worldgateway was essentially designed the way NW wanted it to use as a hub gateway. This includes the tram, tunnel, club rooms, etc. It also includes the flashier things such as the fountain, the special tile in the restrooms, the light/sound show in the tunnel, the tram, the jumbo-tron tv's, etc.
It would have been really great if the North Terminal could have had some of the WOW factors, the Pewabic Tile, art, a connection to the NW Worldgateway, etc, but as I have said before, considering the financial situation in Michigan this is a major accomplishment.
It is no architectural masterpiece, but we have a brand new facility that works! I am so excited that DTW will have a pax friendly facility that will move us up from worst to first! Of course there are going to be critics and they will find flaws, but I'm happy with the result.
Remember, in the 1990's DTW was the laughing stock of the traveling world, well to Paraphrase President Ford: Our long national nightmare is over!
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 952 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10560 times:
It's been a few years since I've been to DTW. Where is the new North terminal acutally located as from the Smith and Berry terminals. I believe it was the Smith terminal we used to operate in and out of.
EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 952 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10353 times:
Oh, ok, I think I know where that is now. I recognize the blue tower and the parking lot, and off the the left I saw the road I think we went under that to get to the hotel. But I kind of know where that is now. Doesn't look too bad. I've seen much worse. Actually, I do remember going through there in '98 on my way back from Germany. I went through there because I never been there and I was tired of dealing with IAD, and I got a good rate on NW at the time. Not much of a terminal back then. Wasn't much a few years ago, but then we never used the new terminal.
EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 17924 posts, RR: 57 Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9704 times:
Wow. Been a long time since I was at DTW apparently. Then again, given that I grew up in the area, that's a good thing. I always describe Michigan as "a great place to be from." And I got out and am staying out.
It's interesting; I wonder if I will ever set foot in this new terminal. I live in SF and the only non-stops to DTW are on NW(DL). Thus, I'd probably not fly any other airline to DTW and, thus, I'll never set foot in North.
AlitaliaMD11 From Spain, joined Dec 2003, 4068 posts, RR: 14 Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9624 times:
The terminal looks a million times better then the terminal it replaces but I personally don't think it's that impressive compared to other new terminals we are seeing around the world. I noticed this as well with the new Terminal 5 at JFK and the exteriors of the terminals just don't compare to other new terminals being built outside of the US. Even Terminal J at MIA does not emphasize natural light.
The use of natural light is an important component in building a modern terminal in the energy "crisis" world that we live in today. When you look at the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow, the new Terminal 4 at Barajas, and the new Terminal 3 at Peking they were built in a way that allows natural light to be used as the main lighting source. Much of the exterior of those terminals are glass windows.