“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.”
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.
“With views of the downtown skyline, the Indianapolis International Airport Colonel H. Weir Cook Terminal has been celebrated for its sense of place, and for treating its passengers as guests, much the way the hotel industry does,” reported City Lab. “It has its own civic plaza, a light-filled central space with 35-foot ceilings that functions as the nexus of activity—every passenger, whether arriving or departing, passes through—where half of all the airport’s shops and restaurants reside. Customers routinely comment on the terminal’s calm feel, and on its efficiency and easy navigation.”
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.
Indianapolis International Airport ranked as the best in the U.S. in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2014.
1.25 million sq. ft. / 116,100 sq. m.
Airports Council International – Director General’s Roll of Excellence
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award – Best U.S. Airport
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
Illuminating Engineering Society 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
The airport’s estimated annual economic impact for Central Indiana
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
Amount by which the facility’s energy efficiency exceeds ASHRAE standards
29 February 2016
“Revealed: The World’s Best Airports for Customer Service in 2015”
9 November 2015
“Condé Nast Readers Rank Indianapolis Airport Best in the U.S.”
18 August 2014
“Indianapolis International Airport Wins ACI Roll of Excellence Award”
24 November 2014
“Best U.S. Airports”
Conde Nast Traveler
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 for 2013”
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”
15 February 2012
“2011 ACI Airport Service Quality Awards”
The Moodie Report