The design for this new passenger terminal reshaped the overall airport and positioned Indianapolis as a 21st-century global crossroads. It was the first post-9/11, greenfield airport terminal constructed in the U.S.
The 40-gate terminal pavilion has a monumental “civic plaza” central hall with 35-foot ceilings where art, retail, social and civic functions merge with the passenger experience. A five-story window wall offers views of downtown Indianapolis. Capped with a hyperbolic glass and steel skylight, this light-filled space provides amenities and wayfinding cues that help passengers feel like guests.
The roof’s sweeping geometry reinforces the path of travel and the movement of passengers between landside and airside. This shape also shades the building’s curtain walls. The roof form, skylight and high-performance curtain wall systems work together to assure that primary building lighting is not needed during daylight hours throughout the departure level. A mechanical system that integrates radiant floors and stratified ventilation ensures that only the building’s inhabited zone is conditioned to human comfort.
Indianapolis International Airport was the world’s first complete aviation campus to earn LEED certification and one of the largest LEED-certified projects in the U.S. It has been repeatedly honored for offering customer service that is among the best in any North American airport.