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A Gateway to Indianapolis
and a Sustainable Future

Indianapolis International Airport Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

“The new air terminal creates an iconic destination for travelers to this Midwestern capital city while proving that it’s possible to decrease the airline industry’s environmental footprint.”

Architect magazine

The Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal acts as a world-class gateway to Indianapolis while providing exceptional customer service and flexibility for future changes.

The building and its form represent Indianapolis’ vision for becoming a global crossroads. At the heart of the terminal, a 200-foot-wide room creates a great “Civic Plaza” where art, retail, social and civic functions converge and passengers can connect with the Indiana landscape. Capped with a hyperbolic glass and steel skylight, this room has become a threshold to the “crossroads of America.”

The desires to provide clarity for passengers and to achieve energy efficiency also give shape to the building. 

The hyperbolic roof reinforces the path of travel, defining both the great arched front as well as a passenger’s movement between landside and airside. In addition, the terminal roof is designed to shade the building’s curtain walls while providing scenic views of the Indiana landscape. The roof form, skylight and high-performance curtain wall systems were designed to work together to assure that primary building lighting is not in use during daylight hours throughout the departure level. These strategies are joined with a unique mechanical system of radiant floors and stratified ventilation that assure that only the building’s inhabited zone, below 10 feet, is tempered to human comfort.

In a J.D. Power and Associates survey, the Indianapolis Airport received the highest customer satisfaction score of any North American airport. Airports Council International named it the best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Travel + Leisure rated it one of America’s best airports.

This is the world’s first complete airport campus to earn LEED certification and one of the largest LEED-certified projects in the US.

LEED CERTIFICATION

LEED certified

SIZE

1.25 million sq. ft. / 116,100 sq. m.
40 gates

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Lighting Design
Terminal Design
Terminal Planning

AWARDS

Airports Council International – Director General’s Roll of Excellence

Airports Council International – North America’s Best Airport (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)

Airports Council International-North America – First Place, Best Overall Specialty Retail Program, Medium-Sized Airport

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America – Award of Merit

IES St. Louis – Section Award

J.D. Power and Associates – Highest Customer Satisfaction Score

Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful – Monumental Award for Architecture

Midwest Construction magazine – Green Building Award of Merit

Transportation Security Administration – National Partnership Award

#1

J.D. Power and Associates North American Customer Satisfaction score,
ACI ranking of Best North American Airports and Condé Nast Traveler’s ranking of Best U.S. Airports

21%

Amount by which the facility’s energy efficiency exceeds ASHRAE standards

 
NEWS

29 February 2016
“Revealed: The World’s Best Airports for Customer Service in 2015”
Airport World

9 November 2015
“Condé Nast Readers Rank Indianapolis Airport Best in the U.S.”
HOK News

18 August 2014
“Indianapolis International Airport Wins ACI Roll of Excellence Award” 
HOK News

26 August 2014
“The Next-Generation Airport is a Destination in its Own Right” 
The Atlantic’s CityLab 

24 February 2014
“Indianapolis International Named North America’s Best Airport”
HOK News 

16 November 2013
“Airport Terminal’s Striking Architecture Attracts Film Crews”
Indianapolis Business Journal

1 October 2013
“America’s Best Airports”
Travel + Leisure

14 March 2013
“Indianapolis International Airport Named Best in North America”
HOK News

15 February 2012
“2011 ACI Airport Service Quality Awards”
The Moodie Report

2 February 2012
“Buildings Convey City’s New Attitude”
The Indianapolis Star

11 November 2011
“Indianapolis International Earns LEED Certification”
Inside Indiana Business

24 February 2010
“HOK-Designed Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport”
ArchInnovations