HOK-Designed Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport Print
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 09:38

HOK-Designed Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport, which debuted in 2008, was the first designed with new security protocols following the 9/11 attacks.

In designing the new terminal within the 1.2 million square foot airport complex, HOK responded to passenger needs to travel at a convenient, unhurried pace while accommodating post-9/11 security necessities.  It includes:
- A civic plaza, topped by a 200-foot-diameter skylight and a view of the downtown Indianapolis skyline that serves as a destination point for travelers with comfortable seating, civic displays and retail offerings.
- Advanced technology that combines with design simplicity and clear sight lines to smoothly shepherd travelers to the city plaza and ultimately their gate
- A design that facilitates a culture of Indianapolis hospitality while creating a great civic space.

The first “greenfield” U.S. airport designed and constructed since 9/11, the terminal is also a showcase of sustainability, with an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. By the simple relocation of the new terminal at the centre of the two parallel main runways. HOK estimates that airlines will save $1 million in jet fuel per year because of shorter taxiing patterns.

HOK_Indianapolis_Airport_05HOK_Indianapolis_Airport_03HOK_Indianapolis_Airport_01Discharge from fuel and deicing are controlled using bio swales populated with plants that consume hydrocarbons. Detention ponds encourage growth of microorganisms that also consume airport discharge. In the terminal, filtered glass mitigates heat from solar gain while harvesting sunlight to reduce use of artificial lighting.

It has a radiant heating and cooling system in the floor to help regulate temperature only in the space occupied by passengers. During construction, 7,000 tons of materials from the demolished taxiways and roadways were utilized as site fill.

HOK served as design architect of the terminal, collaborating with Indianapolis-based AeroDesign Group.

J.D. Power and Associates has just given the HOK-designed Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport its highest marks in passenger satisfaction in a survey of 64 major airports. The terminal earned 777 points – the most of any airport surveyed – in airport accessibility, baggage claim, check-in and baggage check-in process, terminal facilities, ease of security checks, and food and retail services.

“We found that Indianapolis ranked highest in both the small category of airports with fewer than 10 million passengers a year and also highest overall in the entire study. And that’s up from a tie for 13th in the previous study two years ago,” said Stuart Greif, vice president and general manager of global hospitality for J.D. Power in an interview with the Indianapolis Star Tribune.

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