“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.”
This is the world’s first complete airport campus to earn LEED certification and one of the largest LEED-certified projects in the U.S
In 2016, for the third straight year, travelers selected Indianapolis International as the top U.S. domestic airport in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.
1.25 million sq. ft. / 116,100 sq. m.
Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award – Best U.S. Airport (2014-2017)
Airports Council International – North America’s Best Airport (2012-2016)
Airports Council International-North America – First Place, Best Overall Specialty Retail Program, Medium-Sized Airport
Airports Council International – Director General’s Roll of Excellence
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
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
19 November 2018
“Indy Airport Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal”
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.”