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A Gateway to Indianapolis
and a Sustainable Future

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

“We wanted to create a memorable new image for the city while at the same time take some of the stress out of flying.”

John Kish
Former Executive Director, Indianapolis Airport Authority

The 1.2-million-sq.-ft. Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal is America’s first post-9/11, sustainably focused, greenfield air terminal.

Architect magazine reported that 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.”

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

HOK’s lighting specialists designed sustainable lighting for the expansive public spaces, with the terminal’s ‘great roof’ structure providing the inspiration for many lighting solutions.

At the heart of the terminal, a 200-foot-wide room creates a Civic Plaza where art, retail, social and civic functions converge. Capped with a hyperbolic skylight, this room has become a threshold to the terminal. At night, custom light poles with multiple indirect sources provide general lighting. 

Daylight penetrates the entire terminal’s public space. Lighting systems and daylight harvesting controls optimize energy conservation in response to sky conditions.

HOK’s lighting group provided services through the design development phase and worked with local architects, including lighting design firm Lumenociti, through construction.

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.


LEED-NC Silver


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


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


Airports Council International – Director General’s Roll of Excellence

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

Airport 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


Level of daylighting in public spaces


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


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


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 

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

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 2011
“HOK-Designed Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport”