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Dec 12, 2005, 6:15 AM
The new terminal building will be built in the "midfield" area of the airport property, between the two main existing runways. The $974 million project includes a new terminal, concourse, and parking garage, as well as site preparation, utility and road work, and airfield improvements.

Construction on the terminal began this past July and will be complete in 2008.

Construction on the new airport control tower is complete and will open in 2006. It will be one of the tallest in the world at 340 ft.

Master Architect: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.
Area: 1.2 million square feet
Retail space: 90,000 square feet
Office space: 55,000 square feet
40 passenger gates
96 passenger check-in counters
18 passenger screening checkpoints

Here are some renderings:










Photos of the completed control tower:

Dec 12, 2005, 6:34 AM
Some aerial construction shots:

Construction of new airport interchanges:


Completed interchange:

Terminal site excavation (from 09/27/05):




Dec 12, 2005, 6:36 AM
^ impressive...i really like the open spaces and the modern use of glass to allow natural light. are there any plans to add transit/rail infrastructure to the new terminal?

Dec 12, 2005, 5:34 PM
Very nice, I like it.

Is this replacing the original terminal altogether? Or, is this essentially going to be a second terminal building?

Dec 13, 2005, 3:17 AM
^ impressive...i really like the open spaces and the modern use of glass to allow natural light. are there any plans to add transit/rail infrastructure to the new terminal?

While there are no concrete plans yet for an airport-downtown transit line, planners are building the airport so that a transit station can later be built.


Dec 13, 2005, 3:31 AM
Very nice, I like it.

Is this replacing the original terminal altogether? Or, is this essentially going to be a second terminal building?

It will replace the original terminal.

Dec 17, 2005, 2:41 AM
Beautiful... :yes:

Dec 17, 2005, 3:28 PM
Looks quite nice to me. I agree with wrightchr, the open spaces, glass, and use of natural light makes for a stunning space!

Aaron (Glowrock)

Dec 17, 2005, 7:59 PM
wow...that is super nice...what's the status on having light rail?

Dec 21, 2005, 12:32 AM
Right now the federal government is on it's second or third study of light rail/mass transit. Our bus system is a mess hear, I'm sure KM or Roy can fill you in with better details.

Dec 21, 2005, 11:05 AM
Very nice airport!

Dec 21, 2005, 11:27 PM
That is a wonderful terminal building. Indy is going to have a topnotch airport.

Dec 25, 2005, 1:09 AM
wow...that is super nice...what's the status on having light rail?

Like Midwesterner mentioned, the federal government is on their millionth study. The city seems to be getting sick of the stalling by the feds and is going to try to pay for the system by itself, bypassing federal funding and later trying to recoup some money from the feds.

cwilson posted this info regarding this at ssc:
The IRTC (Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council) is going to ask the State to create a tax for Nine Counties that surround Indianapolis. This tax would be 1.3% added to the State Sales Tax for these counties. This money is estimated to be an additional $89 per year per resident in those counties. This is expected to get placed for discussion at the up-coming General Assembly in 2006.

The IRTC wants to construct 83.5 miles of LTR in 6 years at the low-low cost of $4.95 billion. What they would do is then seek Federal reimbursement for 80% of the cost. If the IRTC were to go the traditional route and get the federal match 1st, it could take at least 18 years at a cost of $7 billion.

Top Of The Park
Dec 25, 2005, 3:41 PM
good job...nice open feel

Dec 27, 2005, 12:37 AM
Making way for a MONSTER
Airport to dish out millions to accommodate Airbus A380

By Chris O’Malley comalley@ibj.com

The 7,700 acres that are Indianapolis International Airport may soon look like the city squashed by Godzilla—when big, bad A380 comes to town. And it is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars to keep the beast happy.

The A380 is the Airbus Industrie superjumbo jet. Airport managers want to start crunching—er, make that estimating—what it will cost to accommodate the world’s biggest airliner.

They plan to ask the Indianapolis Airport Authority board for $200,000 from the 2006 airport budget to hire a consulting firm to study the existing footprint of runways and taxiways.

Planners say they’re not sure what A380 accommodations will cost until they know exactly what work needs to be done. But in a 2001 survey of 14 airports by the General Accounting Office, it was estimated Indianapolis would need to spend $66 million to accommodate the “new, very large aircraft” segment such as the A380.

“We know that there will be a need for some modifications. Two of the major issues are the turning radius of the aircraft and, because of the wings, the outboard engines might extend beyond the width of the taxiways,” said Dennis Rosebrough, spokesman for airport management firm BAA Indianapolis.

If those engines hang over grassy areas, they could be damaged by ingesting grass, rocks or critters.

Airfield improvements for the A380 are tentatively scheduled for 2007-2009, under the airport’s proposed 10-year capital plan. The estimated cost is $16 million, although planners say that’s more of a “placeholder” number that was penciled in, pending the outcome of the study.

Generally, airfield improvements are funded by federal grants.

The A380 is large enough to intimidate like Godzilla.

Its wings are 50 feet wider than a Boeing 747’s. It’s 7-1/2 feet longer, 16 feet taller and nearly 300,000 pounds heavier than the U.S. plane that’s ruled the skies since the late 1960s.

In January, Memphis-based FedEx said it would be the first to take delivery of the cargo-version of the double-decker A380, in 2008. It plans by 2011 to have a fleet of 10, which will replace its MD-11 freighters.

FedEx intends to fly the European-built plane between Asia and its U.S. hubs, of which Indianapolis is second-largest, behind Memphis.

Whatever FedEx’s timetable, Indianapolis International needs to plan for the A380 if only because it is a primary diversion airport for Chicago O’Hare, which handles thousands of international passenger flights. A significant chunk of those will likely be flown using A380s.

“We could easily have a Lufthansa A380 diverted here,” Rosebrough said of the German airline that flies through O’Hare and is buying several of the super jumbos.

If that happens, the A380 would fit at the midfield airport terminal when it opens in 2008, said midfield project manager John Kish. “Fit” is a loose term in this case; it would take a while to unload A380 passengers because only one jet bridge would be available under current midfield plans. The A380s will be able to dock to three jet bridges to quickly unload their 550-650 passengers, depending on the version. The largest 747, which rarely makes an appearance in Indianapolis, seats 525 people.

“We didn’t configure anything differently to handle 500 people,” Kish said.

The reason: Indianapolis is likely too small a city to lure direct international flights or others using something as large as the A380.

Airport planners also are trying to watch costs, with the $1 billion midfield terminal now projected to cost some $25 million more than anticipated three years ago, thanks to rising security and other costs.

“If somebody actually committed to A380 passenger service here, we’d probably add a new wing out the building with jet bridges specifically designed for the A380,” Kish said.

“Wingspan isn’t much more than the 747. The difference is where the engines are. That’s why it’s an airfield problem, generally,” he said.

The A380 is the first aircraft to fall under the Federal Aviation Administration’s “design group VI” designation that sets a standard of 200-foot-wide runways and taxiways a minimum of 100 feet wide, according to a report by Kansas City-based aviation consulting firm Burns & McDonnell.

Indianapolis is built to meet the design group V capabilities that can accommodate a 747-400, with 150-foot-wide runways and 75- to 100-foot-wide taxiways.

Burns & McDonnell said many airports might be able to handle the A380 without complete renovation of their fields by marginally widening taxiways and increasing the radius of paved intersections.

The GAO survey in 2001 put the total cost of modifying the 14 major U.S. airports, including Indianapolis, at $2 billion.

Airbus responded by saying it believes airports overstated the cost, which it puts at $520 million.

“The costs … appear to us to be somewhat higher than reasonable,” Airbus said of the estimates for Orlando and Indianapolis in a response to the GAO study. “We have no basis for affirming the validity of the $66 million cost estimate given for IND [Indianapolis].”

Rosebrough said Indianapolis has paved shoulders that extend 15 to 30 feet beyond the airport’s 150-foot-wide runways. That could ease the need to make changes. “It depends on what the FAA requirements are.”

Airbus and Boeing have two distinctly dissimilar outlooks for future aircraft demand.

By producing the A380, the European consortium that is Airbus says it is fulfilling the need for a more economical jumbo jet to ferry passengers between major hubs, particularly between continents.

Wresting the largest airliner title from Boeing and the United States also reinforces a swelling sense of European pride over having already garnered more orders worldwide for commercial aircraft than Boeing.

But critics wonder if Airbus will be able to sell enough planes anytime soon to offset its development costs and make a profit on the behemoth.

In contrast, Chicago-based Boeing sees the future in 200- to 300-seat aircraft that can more efficiently service shorter, pointto-point routes rather than major hubs. The 787 uses advanced composites, improved aerodynamics and ultra-efficient engines to reduce fuel and operating costs. It will replace the venerable Boeing 757s and 767s.

Boeing hasn’t quite written off the super jumbo. It vacillates on whether to produce a more-efficient version of the 747. Meanwhile, Airbus is trying to check Boeing’s 787 with an overhauled version of one of its existing airliners.

Jan 11, 2006, 2:32 AM
New airport control tower has a blind spot
More than 300 feet of runway obscured by FedEx hub will be closed, dozed to give controllers view

Indianapolis International Airport this month will launch a highly unusual project—shortening a runway.

Perhaps just as odd is the reason: Controllers in the airport’s new air traffic control tower, opening next spring, won’t be able to see the southern 324 feet of the 7,604-foot crosswind runway.

The FedEx hub is in the way.
“The control tower needs to see the surface of the runway,” said John Kish, manager of the $1 billion midfield terminal construction project that necessitated the new control tower.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority will accept bids on Jan. 12 for shortening its shortest runway, which is expected to cost $5 million to $10 million. The work also includes repairs to apron surfaces near the runway.

So unusual is a runway amputation—airports tend to lengthen them—that one might reasonably wonder whether someone goofed in picking the location of the 340-foot-tall, $32 million control tower complex.

Absolutely not, insists Kish, saying the need to shorten the runway was known from the start. It’s not one of the midway terminal’s better-known projects, like the relocation of Interstate 70 and the dramatic ramp system that will connect the interstate and the new terminal.

The question of whether spending millions of dollars to shrink a perfectly good runway is the best solution is open to debate, however.

“To chop up 130 feet and no longer use the rest is stupid,” said Michael Boyd, president of an Evergreen, Colo., aviation research and airport-consulting firm.

“Does it help safety? No. Does it make it unsafe? No. It’s still going to cost you some money.”

Boyd, who often has been critical of the Federal Aviation Administration, said he still has to wonder whether the agency could have picked a better spot for its new tower to avoid the expenses of shrinking runway 14/32.

Most of the runway amputation is paid for under the federal Airport Improvement Program, funded by aviation user fees. The other 25 percent comes from local matching money.

Tower location ideal
Kish said the new control tower location was chosen based on a number of considerations, including the need to optimize views of the airport’s two principal runways. One of the parallel runways is 11,000-feet long and the other stretches 10,000 feet. The new terminal is being built between them.

“We didn’t want to screw up the visibility of the main runways in bad weather,” Kish added.

He also said lopping off portions of FedEx’s second-largest U.S. hub wasn’t cost effective or practical.

Building the tower taller than its current 340-foot height, to see over the FedEx hub, would have been costly and would have violated airspace restrictions, said FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory.

“The airport has to be careful what they say because the FAA is like the Gestapo if you tick them off,” said Boyd.

But airport officials did suggest to FAA a more cost-effective solution: installing cameras at the obscured end of the crosswind runway so tower controllers could view the area.

According to airport officials, the FAA responded that a camera might not give controllers a clear view of smaller, general aviation aircraft that share the runway with big jets. Also, the federal agency said a variety of service vehicles that go to and fro might be hard to spot.

Arguably, though, the new tower is so far to the west of the current tower that controllers will need binoculars on the best of days to see in detail the unobstructed part of the crosswind runway.

Safety issues?
Perhaps more important than cost considerations is whether shortening the runway to 7,280 feet from 7,604 feet significantly hurts the safety margin for takeoffs and landings.

Just last month, a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 overshot Midway Airport’s notoriously short 6,500-foot runway while landing in heavy snow. The plane crashed through an airport fence onto a city street, killing a 6-year old Indiana boy in his parents’ car and injuring 10 others on the ground.

Breathing room in Indianapolis is nowhere near as shallow as Midway. There’s about 2,400 feet of grass between the south end of the crosswinds runway and High School Road—slightly less between the north end of the runway and Perimeter Road.

Airport officials also point out the crosswind runway is used infrequently by airliners—usually when winds make landing on the main runways precarious. However, at times pilots will request to use the crosswind runway to shave off arrival time because it is close to the main terminal and thus requires less taxiing.

Runway length matters the most where larger aircraft land. Generally, the largest planes using the airport with any frequency are FedEx’s DC-10s. According to FAA guidelines, the desired minimum runway length for those jumbo jets ranges from 6,600 feet to 6,780 feet, depending on model variation.

FedEx also flies Airbus A300 aircraft, for which the FAA recommends a minimum desired runway length of 6,840 feet to 7,280 feet for an airport at Indianapolis’ elevation.

“It’s still long enough to accommodate all the uses we need. The final length is still in excess of 7,000 feet,” Kish said.

But FedEx was concerned about the runway-shortening plan when it was first proposed, according to an airport official. Others also had misgivings as well.

“Originally, it was causing us some concern,” said Mike Wells, a member of the Indianapolis Airport Authority board.

But Kish said consultants studied the issue and found the runway reduction would have negligible impact. FedEx spokeswoman Paula Bosler said the company and the airport developed a solution, but she would not elaborate. “There aren’t any concerns on our part.”

While aircraft type dictates runwaylength guidelines, companies that fly aircraft also have their own policies, said Betty Stansbury, director of Purdue University’s airport. “That 350 feet [reduction] could make a big difference.”



Jan 20, 2006, 2:41 AM
Sights for soaring eyes
Airport to settle Friday on 16 works of art

One of the largest artworks that will grace the new terminal at Indianapolis International Airport was conceived on a farm in the remote mountains of central Pennsylvania.

At a mill-turned-studio along the banks of the Susquehanna River, artist Rob Fisher, Bellefonte, Pa., sketched out "JetStream," a floating series of aluminum sculptures that mimic a school of fish in the air.

Fisher's creation anchors a collection of 16 works -- winnowed from 550 entries -- that airport officials are expected to approve Friday to adorn the interior and exterior of the yet-to-be-built airport terminal and the parking garage.

The $3.8 million project would put Indianapolis in the company of other cities across the nation that are advancing their reputations in arts and culture by using their most visible gateways as showcases.

"This is one of the most impressive, organized and defined art programs I've seen," said the 66-year-old Fisher, whose artwork resides at Philadelphia International Airport and other public spaces. "They're going to get one magnificent airport out of this. I think it's going to set the standard."

The airport art will reside inside and outside the $1.07 billion midfield terminal, which is scheduled to be completed in 2008, and will be seen by millions of air travelers each year.

Bronze benches shaped and painted like luggage. Large murals made of colored glass. Glass tiles depicting the Indiana landscape, and terrazzo floors representing Indiana's state song and its rich tradition in amateur sports.

"We haven't really had a true art program up to now," said Lacy M. Johnson, president of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. "We've tried to incorporate as much of an Indiana theme as possible."

Officials working on the terminal project point out that airport terminals serve as prime vehicles for public art given their immense square footage and foot traffic. The new terminal will incorporate nearly 22 football fields of space and is expected to serve more than 10 million passengers annually.

And travelers -- especially in this era of long security lines -- often spend large chunks of time lingering in airport terminals.

Airport officials from Denver to Orlando, Fla., have sought to boost their cities' reputations in arts and culture by using their most visible gateways as permanent showcases.

Airport planners in Indianapolis expect to spread the works throughout the terminal so travelers are offered a jolt of creativity at each stage of their journey, said designers Julia Moore and Ted Givens of Blackburn Architects in Indianapolis, which has coordinated the art effort.

"We're trying to think in advance where people are going to be spending their time," Moore said. "Then we're asking, 'What are they going to be looking at?' "

Among the works:
• On the pedestrian bridge from the terminal's parking lot, travelers will walk under a field of interactive lights called "Electroland" that will follow them as they go. The piece is by artists Cameron McNall and Damon Seeley, Los Angeles.

• In the ticketing hall, patrons will see two large limestone carvings by Bloomington artist Dale Enochs that represent the four elements: air, earth, fire and water.

• At the terminal's central meeting area, passengers will gaze up at Fisher's abstract "JetStream" piece and down at a circle design made of tile that conveys the phases of the moon by Lynn Basa, Chicago.

• Separate murals by two artists -- Nhat Tran, Indianapolis, and Dixie Friend Gay, Houston -- will hang for viewing by passengers waiting at security checkpoints.

The 42-year-old Tran plans to use a special Asian lacquer to create a mural that will depict various forces of nature.

"Each person has a personal voice," she said. "This is my voice, and I hope that is my contribution to our community."

Other works include large glass murals in the concourses by Martin Donlin, East Sussex, England; a three-dimensional abstract mural by noted Indianapolis artist James Wille Faust near the escalators; and bronze luggagelike sculptures in the baggage claim area by Ron Baron, New York.

Planners also are hashing out separate artworks for the parking garage and the approach to the terminal. Display cases in the ticketing hall will show temporary exhibits.

"We're hoping this is an art program that will both be appreciated and coordinated with the structure," said John Kish, director of the terminal project.

Indianapolis' push is one of the latest among airports both large and small that have sought to add a creative flair to their terminals by housing rotating exhibits or spending millions on bigger pieces.

Denver International, for instance, keeps large, temporary exhibits in three of its concourses. Kansas City International recently spent $270,000 to install a 35-foot-high aluminum sculpture near the airport's economy parking lot.

Orlando International is adorned with more than 40 paintings, sculptures and other works, while the airport in Albany, N.Y., has a 2,500-square-foot art gallery.

Attempts to place art in the terminal here have taken more than a year to come to fruition.

A panel of national and local art experts whittled about 550 entries from around the world to about three dozen. Out of that smaller group came the 15 final artists. Hammond artist Tom Torluemke was the lone winner with two works: separate terrazzo floors.

Fisher, who spent months working on his "JetStream" concept, said his inclusion in the terminal project is a privilege.

"It's exhilarating to think of the millions of people that are going to look at it," he said. "At the same time, it also can weigh on you like a pyramid.

"Airports are about transportation. I hope my piece also transports people."



Varied works celebrate Indiana, flight

"Baggage Claim"
Bronze benches molded and painted in the form of vintage luggage. Located in baggage claim.

Artist: Ron Baron, New York.

Estimated cost: $150,500.

"The Great Circle Route"
Stone and glass floor that depicts the phases of the moon and other designs. Located in Civic Plaza.

Artist: Lynn Basa, Chicago (formerly of Bloomington).

Estimated cost: $235,000.

"Flight Wave"
Glass chevrons that will mimic birds in flight and emit different colors of light when the sun shines through them. Located just past the security checkpoints.

Artist: Arlon Bayliss, Anderson.

Estimated cost: $100,500.

"People/Land/Sky Dream Windows"
Abstract glass murals that depict poetry and other inspirational musings. Located in the terminal concourses.

Artist: Martin Donlin, East Sussex, England.

Estimated cost: $572,000.

An interactive field of lights on the ceiling that follow pedestrians as they walk. Located on the pedestrian bridge between the parking garage and terminal.

Artists: Cameron McNall and Damon Seeley, Los Angeles.

Estimated cost: $401,000.

"Elemental Indiana"
Limestone carvings that show the four elements: air, earth, fire and water. Located in the ticketing hall.

Artist: Dale Enochs, Bloomington.

Estimated cost: $96,000.

Abstract three-dimensional mural depicting many shapes and colors. Located above the escalators leading from the gates to baggage claim.

Artist: James Wille Faust, Indianapolis.

Estimated cost: $145,500.

Collection of floating aluminum sculptures meant to mimic a school of fish, or clouds.

Artist: Rob Fisher, Bellefonte, Pa.

Estimated cost: $250,500.

"Fields in Season"
Six mosaics made up of tiny glass tiles that show different Indiana landscapes. Located in the terminal concourses.

Artist: Ann Gardner, Seattle.

Estimated cost: $120,000.

"Autumn Prairie Morning"
Mosaic mural depicting Indiana's native prairie. Located at the security checkpoints.

Artist: Dixie Friend Gay, Houston.

Estimated cost: $101,500.

"The Cardinal Points"
Glass wall showing images of a cardinal, Indiana's state bird, as well as the grid layout of Indianapolis. Located just after the security checkpoints.

Artists: Stuart Keeler and Michael Machnic, Chicago.

Estimated cost: $105,500.

"On the Tip of Our Wings"
Lacquer panels that portray various forces in nature. Located at the security checkpoints.

Artist: Nhat Tran, Indianapolis.

Estimated cost: $97,000.

"The Glory of Sports in Indianapolis" and "A Work of Heart"
Two terrazzo floors: One depicts Indianapolis' sports traditions; the other combines references of Indiana's state song, "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," with the book "The Little Prince." Both are located in the plazas that join the terminal and concourses.

Artist: Tom Torluemke, Hammond.

Estimated cost: $149,500 (total for both works).

A freestanding sculpture made out of a real airplane wing that serves as an homage to Orville and Wilbur Wright (Wilbur was born near Millville.). Located in the South Terminal Garden.

Artist: John van Alstine, Wells, N.Y.

Estimated cost: $170,500.

"Baggage Follies"
Train-station-style flip signs that show animations of passengers engaging in typical travel activities. Located in baggage claim.

Artist: Janet Zweig, New York.

Estimated cost: $150,500.


Mar 5, 2006, 8:41 AM
Some new renderings of the parking garage:







Mar 10, 2006, 3:28 AM
Some new renderings:









Amazing Indy
Mar 10, 2006, 3:41 AM
Wow! Now that is awesome. I can't wait to fly into IND once this monster is finished. Looks top notch. Thanks KM.

Apr 21, 2006, 4:13 AM
New tower on the radar
Indy air traffic controllers' new digs open April 29

One of the world's tallest air-traffic control towers is set to open next week at Indianapolis International Airport, signaling a new phase of the billion-dollar airport overhaul.

The 340-foot tower is about 35 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty and features the latest in air-traffic technology. The new $38 million facility will replace a control tower that opened in 1972 and is less than half as tall at 140 feet.

"This tower will make it easier for air-traffic controllers to be more efficient and allow for growth," said Indianapolis Air Traffic Manager Barry Jeffries.

The airport tallied a record 8.5 million passengers last year, and the increases are expected to continue. An anticipated expansion of FedEx at the airport also could boost air traffic in coming years.

Scheduled to become operational on the evening of April 29, the tower is part of a $1.07 billion airport renovation that includes the construction of a passenger terminal between the main runways.

The terminal, linked to a luxury airport hotel, will have 40 gates and space equivalent to nearly 22 football fields. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2008.

John Kish, director of the airport project, said about three-quarters of the effort has already gone through bidding and been earmarked to contractors.

Seen from the tower, the terminal construction site is buzzing with activity. Workers are putting up the terminal's steel framing, building an access road, constructing concrete parking spaces for jets and digging dirt to make room for a large parking garage.

Perhaps 400 to 500 workers are on the site, and the number is expected to grow this summer, Kish said.

The new tower, meanwhile, is the first piece of the airport overhaul to come alive.

"It's the first functioning, visible component of the new Indianapolis airport," Kish said. "We're very proud to have the latest and greatest FAA facility here at Indianapolis."

The highlight is the tower's topmost cab, or control room, which commands sweeping vistas of the airport.

Behind panoramic windows measuring about 7 feet by 7 feet and weighing several hundred pounds each, controllers in the cab monitor planes that are landing, taking off and taxiing on the runways.

At the tower's base sits a second radar room -- known as the TRACON, or Terminal Radar Control -- where controllers will keep tabs on all low-level airborne traffic in the area. That room is dim, windowless, spacious and furnished with large radar displays.

On average, a total of about 13 controllers staff both the tower cab and the TRACON during eight-hour shifts. Jeffries said each of the airport's 51 controllers will have received 40 hours of training on the new tower's radar system before the facility opens.

Heavy security

As expected, heavy security blankets the tower. Approaching vehicles are deterred from ramming the tower by high fencing, a cul-de-sac and grassy ditches. Visitors also must pass through multiple security doors to access the tower's interior and elevators.

Engineers designed the new tower higher than its predecessor so anyone in the top cab can peer over the new terminal's roof and view every inch of every runway -- a federal requirement aimed at enhancing safety.

When the tower opens, work will intensify on erecting the terminal's steel frame.

As part of the project, the airport has temporarily closed the shortest of its three runways, known as 14-32.

Expected to reopen this summer, the runway is being further shortened because it is not in full view of the new tower. Its closure will not affect airport traffic, tower officials said.

The tower project was originally slated to cost about $32 million and open late last year. But weather delays and rising costs for materials and labor have added to its price tag and delayed the opening.

Ken Galitsky, a 42-year-old air-traffic controller who was familiarizing himself with the new system on Wednesday, described the facility as a "Taj Mahal."

Fancier radar screens. Roomier control rooms. Spectacular windows.

Yet, all of it serves a single purpose: "Getting everyone home safely," Galitsky said. "It's a satisfying feeling."

New tower:
• Height: 340 feet.
• Size of tower cab (top control room): 715 square feet.
• Controllers: Nine in cab.

Current tower:
• Height: 140 feet.
• Size of tower cab: 300 square feet.
• Controllers: Four.

• Now: Workers are building an access road and parking spaces for jets.
• By month's end: Tower is set to open April 29. Work on steel frame for new terminal will intensify.
• New tower cost: $38 million. Delays and rising costs have boosted it from $32 million.
• Project completion date: Terminal is to be done in late 2008; it was to have originally opened last year.

Air traffic controllers, (left to right) Tim Hale, Chuck Music and Rick Lawless during training at the new control tower at Indianapolis International Airport on Wednesday.


May 14, 2006, 3:26 AM
A breath of calm coming to airport
Garage artwork to mimic respiration

A parking garage might not be a natural canvas. Yet Indianapolis artist Greg Hull has made it one.

Hull's creation -- a suspended row of 11 red fabric shapes that appear to inflate and deflate -- has been chosen to grace the atrium of a mammoth new parking garage at Indianapolis International Airport.

His floating work, called "Breath," is the latest that will one day become part of the airport's new terminal project, which is scheduled for completion in late 2008.

The $1.07 billion effort includes the construction of the parking garage, as well as a new 40-gate passenger terminal, control tower, approach roads and other airport enhancements.

Project officials hope the finished facility will be the gold standard for public art at any major airport in the nation.

An assistant professor at the Herron School of Art at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Hull said the work was probably his most significant to date.

"It's just pure creation," said the 43-year-old artist, who was born in Richmond. "It's very satisfying to do something that you feel very passionate about."

The Indianapolis Airport Authority, the public board that oversees the airport, chose Hull's $200,000 proposal Friday from a collection of five finalists. In January, the authority selected 16 works to adorn the terminal, including sculptures, mosaics, stonework and art involving lights and electronics.

Those choices were made following an extensive search conducted by Blackburn Architects of Indianapolis.

Hull said his pulsating piece speaks to how airports are often seen as places of stress and activity. The art is meant to mimic a human being's pulse and put passers-by into a more relaxed mindset.

He describes the pace of movement as "pretty close to human respiration."

It will be in the five-story atrium of the new terminal's parking garage, which will have about 5,900 public spaces.

Hull plans to construct the piece out of synthetic fiber and equip it with small motors to propel its movement.

"It has to stay fresh for people coming again and again, as well as those seeing it for the first time," Hull said.

On a related front, midfield project officials are considering six proposals for a work of landscape or sculpture that will greet motorists as they approach the new terminal from the highway.

Those proposals will be on display at the Indianapolis Artsgarden from Monday through May 21.

“Breath” by Indy artist Greg Hull was chosen Friday.


May 14, 2006, 5:40 PM
It reminds me of the new Terminal 5 at Heathrow and the new International terminal at JFK.

Jul 6, 2006, 5:15 AM
Some recent construction pics of the new terminal from the airport website:













Jul 20, 2006, 1:04 AM
New pic of construction progress:


Sep 3, 2006, 7:03 PM
Building a terminal
An update on construction of the midfield airport terminal, set for completion in late 2008

Workers are about halfway done constructing the steel frame of the new 40-gate terminal. The skeleton of the airport's main meeting area, called Civic Plaza, has been assembled. Construction on the second floor of a new 7,100-space parking garage has started. The project's total cost is $1.07 billion.

Planners are taking bids for construction of a luxury hotel that will be connected to the parking garage. Concepts for public artwork that will greet motorists as they approach the new terminal also will be unveiled soon.

The airlines -- many of which are recovering from financial woes -- have complained about the project's cost. Airlines will pay for most of the project through landing fees.

TAKING SHAPE: The midfield airport terminal (seen Friday) is under construction between Indianapolis International Airport's two main runways. The project's total cost is $1.07 billion.


Sep 4, 2006, 4:27 AM
^ Awesome.

Sep 5, 2006, 12:25 AM
It's coming along nicely! Indy will definitely benefit from having such a gem providing visitors with their first impression of the city.

Sep 25, 2006, 2:03 AM
Building an airport
Construction updates on Indianapolis International Airport's midfield terminal

What's going on?
Construction on the third floor of the 7,100-space parking garage has started. The machine boring the pathway for steam and chilled-water lines between the new terminal and the airport energy plant has completed 1,200 feet of a 2,000-foot route. The project's cost is $1.07 billion.

What's next?
Bids for demolition of the old air traffic control tower are being reviewed. Demolition of the old tower is expected in mid-November.

Any problems?
Concrete rubble needs to be removed from an area where a new section of Perimeter Road, which encircles the site, is being constructed. Also, recent rains have slowed construction progress.

IT'S GOING UP: Work on the airport's new midfield terminal (seen from the west) is continuing. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2008. Construction on the third floor of the 7,100-space parking garage is under way.

Sep 25, 2006, 2:50 AM
looking great!

Oct 8, 2006, 11:47 PM
Three developers pitch airport hotel
Kite, Mansur, White propose midfield facility

Three developers are vying for the chance to build a four-story, 250- to 300-room hotel connected to the new $974 million midfield terminal and garage at the Indianapolis International Airport.

While developers are confident there is demand for a high-end, on-site hotel, some say it could face stiff competition from closeby downtown hotels.

“It’s a little bit of a pioneering effort for Indianapolis to do,” said Rob Hunden, a hospitality consultant with Chicago-based Hunden Strategic Partners. “But Indianapolis can surprise people in a good way.”

Indianapolis-based Mansur Real Estate Services wants to build a 300-room Westin. Locally based KMI Realty Advisors Inc. would develop a 254-room Hilton to be owned by KMI Development LLC, a corporation owned by local developer Al Kite. That group’s plans include the possibility of expanding to 404 rooms. And Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. pitched a 250-room Marriott.

All the proposals call for average daily room rates of roughly $150 and each proposed about 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority asked for the proposals as part of the new midfield terminal construction. The authority said any hotel pitch must include at least 250 rooms and enough meeting space to fit a business model derived from a study it commissioned.

HVS International finished the study in late 2004 and found that Indianapolis International, though not a hub airport, would support a hotel with “first-class accommodations” and facilities to host business travelers who would fly in specifically for meetings at the airport.

The authority said developers should assume they would need to finance 100 percent of the project, but that it would be open to participating financially in the project.

None of the three groups disclosed project costs, and all said financing would be subject to negotiations with the Airport Authority. Hunden said construction costs have gone up in the past few years and can easily run $200,000 per room, putting total costs in the $50 million to $60 million range.

Partial funding or low-cost financing from the Airport Authority may prove crucial to the deal’s feasibility, he added.

“There is a question of viability for these public-private type of ventures,” Hunden said. “Usually, there is a [financial] gap there.”

He said the authority’s meeting-space requirement is more than industry standards. The requirement breaks out to roughly 50 square feet of meeting space per room, above the average of 30 to 35 for non-meeting-focused hotels. Hotels whose model caters specifically to meetings range from 60 square feet to 80 square feet per room, Hunden said.

“Typically, you see major meeting hotels in hub airports,” he said. It’s still fairly rare to see on-site airport hotels in non-hub cities, he said, though Tampa, Fla.; Hartford, Conn.; and Pittsburgh, Pa., all have them.

Indianapolis also presents a challenge in that travelers can get downtown to more nightlife and amenities fairly easily.

Developers conceded that downtown competition figured into their assessments, but they were optimistic the airport would generate enough demand to stand up as a separate market.

“[The downtown market] was a concern because you can be downtown in 10 minutes,” said Jeff Lynch, senior vice president of KMI Realty Advisors. “But there are a separate set of people who stay at airport hotels for convenience and to hold meetings.”

More than two-thirds of downtown’s hotel business comes from meeting and convention business—a mostly unique group from those who would want to stay at the airport, said Deno Yiankes, president of White Lodging’s development and asset management division.

But other factors work in the hotel’s favor, Hunden said. There will be businesspeople staying overnight before catching an early-morning flight and the airport hotel would be the first choice. Developers are banking on that.

“The ability of travelers to have direct walking access to the terminal is a very significant amenity that shouldn’t be overlooked,” said White’s Yiankes.

The new terminal’s location is a bit away from existing hotels that serve the airport crowd, limiting immediate competition, Hunden added.

“They’re going to get a lot of transient, overnight business staying there,” he said. “But the question remains: How deep is that market?”

Nationally, airport hotels—including both those in and near airports—have been doing well, according to data provided by Hendersonville, Tenn.-based Smith Travel Research. For data collected through July, room rates are up 10 percent, to an average daily rate of $93.52, while occupancy rates are coming in at 71 percent.

“This is an extremely high increase in rate,” said Jan Freitag, vice president with the firm. “Not even the urban, downtown hotel setting has seen this type of increase.”

Mansur’s president, Charles Cagann, said his group also took into account the fact that businesspeople from all parts of Indiana travel to Indianapolis in the afternoon for a flight early the next morning.

“They would stay right at the airport if they had the chance,” he said.

When entering the new airport terminal, traffic will first flow directly toward the hotel, which is slated to be built in front of a massive, five-level, 7,000-spot garage. Behind the garage will be the new terminal, which features a modern, open design.

All groups conceded it was a design challenge to make sure their hotel wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the garage, but one said the placement itself is a marketing tool.

“Anybody driving into the new terminal will be looking right at this new facility,” Mansur’s Cagann said. “You can’t ask for a better location from a marketing standpoint.”

Each group said their design would incorporate materials to echo the look of the modern terminal. KMI’s Hilton, designed by locally based Ratio Architects Inc., would include a central, fourstory atrium with a separate, dramatic, Vshaped roof design that juts up and away from the hotel.

“We tried to give it a very modern look to complement the terminal design,” he said.

White Lodging Services’ plans, designed by the Chicago office of St. Louis-based Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum Inc. and locally based CSO Schenkel Shultz, stretch the proposed hotel almost the length of the garage, echoing the modern look of the terminal with a stylized glass roof over portions.

“[Our plan] actually makes the adjacent garage an integral component,” Yiankes said.

Airport Authority staff hope to make a recommendation to the board on a favorite design in the next 30 to 45 days, according to Jay McQueen, who is supervising the bidding for the authority.

The terminal, hotel and garage are scheduled to open simultaneously in the fall of 2008.

Rendering depicts White Lodging Services Corp.’s vision for the airport hotel, the oval building at the front of the image. Behind it is the 7,000-spot parking garage and then in the background, the new Midfield Terminal.



Nov 2, 2006, 3:40 AM
Building a terminal
An update on construction of the airport's midfield terminal, set for completion in late 2008

What's going on?
Workers have begun installing the 40-gate terminal's glass curtain wall. Also being installed is a giant crane that will soon hoist a 200-foot diameter skylight onto the terminal's roof. The project's total cost is $1.07 billion.

What's next?
Roof construction will start later this month. Demolition of the old air traffic control tower is slated for November.

Any problems?
Project officials are racing to pour the new terminal's concrete apron (where planes taxi and park) before winter weather and temperatures arrive for good. Foul weather has already spoiled some of the new concrete, forcing workers to repour it in spots. The apron is about 75 percent complete.

Going up: Construction is proceeding on the new midfield terminal at Indianapolis International Airport, helped Friday by good weather. Developers are racing to complete concrete work on the ground before winter weather arrives.


Nov 2, 2006, 10:59 PM
I was surprised at the size of thins project at first. Indy is one of those airports that you don't hear a lot about because its not a major hub (that I know of) and not a popular destination. Its overshadowed by other midwest hubs like the Chicago airports, DET, MPS, CIN, CLE, PIT, and STL

Nov 3, 2006, 8:41 PM
I was surprised at the size of thins project at first. Indy is one of those airports that you don't hear a lot about because its not a major hub (that I know of) and not a popular destination. Its overshadowed by other midwest hubs like the Chicago airports, DET, MPS, CIN, CLE, PIT, and STL

The Indy airport is the Midwest hub of Federal Express and TWA before it went under.

Nov 4, 2006, 3:12 PM
And is now a 'hub of focus' for NWA. :)

Nov 5, 2006, 6:09 PM
Building a terminal
An update on construction of the airport's midfield terminal, set for completion in late 2008An update on construction of the airport's midfield terminal, set for completion in late 2008

What's going on?
Workers are installing the large window that will allow people to look out from the terminal's civic plaza onto the concrete apron, where planes taxi and park. The terminal roof is also being built, and the first sections of the baggage conveyor system that will carry luggage from ticket counters through security are in place. The project's total cost is $1.07 billion.

What's next?
Workers next week should finish boring a 2,100-foot tunnel that is 8 feet in diameter. Pipes will eventually be installed in the tunnel that will carry chilled and hot water needed to heat and cool the terminal.

Any problems?
Rain has made it difficult for workers to pour concrete in the new garage. Contractors are also having trouble hiring enough structural steel welders to work on the project.

Under construction: Work continued on the windows and roof at Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday.


Nov 5, 2006, 9:50 PM
I was surprised at the size of thins project at first. Indy is one of those airports that you don't hear a lot about because its not a major hub (that I know of) and not a popular destination. Its overshadowed by other midwest hubs like the Chicago airports, DET, MPS, CIN, CLE, PIT, and STL

Here's Indy's 2005 passenger count...

Indianapolis 8,524,442 up 6.22% from 2004

It should be well positioned for future growth.

Nov 20, 2006, 3:32 AM
Recent construction pics:










Nov 20, 2006, 3:41 AM
Stunning terminal. Congrats!

Dec 13, 2006, 3:55 AM
Building an airport
An update on construction of the midfield terminal, set for completion in late 2008

What's going on?
Crews have been installing conveyor belts for the baggage handling system. When weather permits, workers are pouring concrete for the boarding and unboarding traffic lanes and parking garage. Installation of exterior glass and other walls is continuing.

What's next?
Workers will soon begin installing utility lines through a 2,000-foot underground utility tunnel that was recently completed. Contracts will be awarded in the next couple of weeks for passenger boarding bridges -- motorized, telescoping walkways that lead from concourse gates to aircraft doors.

Any problems?
Wet weather has slowed work. Heavy construction-equipment traffic on the airport's perimeter roads and the Midfield Access Road has caused deterioration that must be repaired.

Making progress: With the 340-foot air traffic control tower and the first few floors of the five-story parking garage in the background, workers used a lift to reach support columns at the terminal arrival area at Indianapolis International Airport on Wednesday.


Dec 14, 2006, 2:14 AM
Fucking Indiana weather slowing construction down. Oh well.:hell:

Feb 9, 2007, 2:19 AM
Building an airport
An update on construction of the airport's midfield terminal, set for completion in late 2008.

What's going on?
Installation of glass walls on the terminal's south concourse is continuing, as is roofing work on the south concourse and main building. Work to protect the building against winter weather is nearly done.

What's next?
Work will begin soon on the glass wall around Civic Plaza, the large public space with views of the tarmac. Installation of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems and electrical equipment is also about to begin, and the first sets of escalators should arrive in January.

Any problems?
A piece of art glass that will be incorporated in the south concourse wall was destroyed in shipping, and replacement will delay completion of the wall by three or four weeks. Contractors need more space for construction trailers and support facilities than anticipated.

From the outside: Work continues on the Indianapolis International Airport midfield terminal.

Feb 9, 2007, 5:19 AM
Very cool project. Will all flights use the new terminal? Or is it just for international flights or just for one airline?

Feb 20, 2007, 3:41 AM
Very cool project. Will all flights use the new terminal? Or is it just for international flights or just for one airline?

All airlines will use the new terminal.

Feb 20, 2007, 3:43 AM
Some new aeriel pics:





Feb 20, 2007, 3:54 AM
Thanks for posting the updates.

Feb 23, 2007, 2:37 AM
Airport close to choosing hotel developer

The Indianapolis Airport Authority is close to choosing a developer to design, build and operate a new full-service, three-to-four star hotel.

The hotel will sit west of the new midfield terminal, alongside the five-story parking garage.

Initially three developers hoped to land the $50-plus million project, but White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Indiana withdrew its plans for a Marriott shortly after winning the bid to build Indianapolis' new convention center hotel, a JW Marriott.

That leaves Mansur Real Estate Services pushing for a Westin and KMI Development pitching a Hilton.

Midfield Project Director John Kish said said of the proposals, "They're good starting points. We're looking at the deal that's in the best interest of the airport and the passengers."

Kish said the new hotel needs a minimum of 250 rooms, at least 12,000 square feet of meeting space, dining facilities and other amenities including a fitness area, swimming pool and business center. He said the authority wants an airport that's exciting and aesthetically pleasing.

"And the hotel needs to fit into that and not just be another rubber stamp of a suburban hotel," Kish said.

An obvious question - what happens to the ten or so hotels around the airport? Kish said the Radisson, which sits on airport property, signed a long-term lease, while the nearby Holiday Inn Select, also a short walk from the terminal, begins upgrading to a Crown Plaza this spring.

"The hotel market is competitive," he said. "There will be one terminal hotel but lots of others to choose from."

He added the hotels will still be right off interstates 70 and 465. But yet to be determined is whether a new perimeter road will connect them to the new terminal. Kish hopes for a decision on the new hotel by early April with groundbreaking following soon after. Construction is expected to take 18 months.


Mar 7, 2007, 3:41 AM
Work on roof at standstill
For more than 1 month, officials have tried to pinpoint why massive beams shifted

Work on much of the new airport terminal's roof has been halted for more than a month as project managers try to figure out what to do about two massive steel beams that shifted during construction.

Officials insist the problem will not push back the $1.07 billion project's opening, scheduled for late 2008, and that any costs associated with the incident should be covered by insurance.

But project managers at Indianapolis International Airport still have not finalized a plan to address the problem and don't know what caused the steel to move.

"We don't know why things shifted," John Kish, project director, told the Indianapolis Airport Authority board Friday. "Something happened that wasn't supposed to happen."

The problem occurred Jan. 24 as crews were trying to jack a giant steel beam into place so it could be connected to the web of steel that makes up the roof structure.

Something went wrong, and the temporary shoring tower used to support and lift the steel column crumpled near the top, causing the truss to drop about 16 inches, Kish said. That movement caused another nearby truss to drop the same distance.

The beams are about 110 feet long and weigh about 25 tons. They are 70 feet off the ground.

No one was injured.

Kish said the goal is to figure out how to safely get the beams back into place and determine whether other parts of the roof were damaged. Project officials will then look into what caused the problem.

To that end, the airport project has hired KCE Structural Engineers of Washington to review recovery plans proposed by the steel contractor and subcontractor, Cives Corp. and Ben Hur Steel Erection.

Kish said engineers are "close to figuring out a repair."

The plan will essentially involve placing additional shoring towers in strategic locations and using them to jack the beams.

Allyn Kilsheimer, KCE's president, said he is also inspecting steel connections to see how many welds and bolts must be repaired.

Asked how serious the problem is, Kilsheimer said, "That's one of the things I'm evaluating. . . . It certainly didn't affect the whole roof."

"Everything is always possible, but I would hazard to say the chances of having to replace steel are very minimal, if at all," he said.

Until the problem is fixed, 100-by-200-foot areas on two floors beneath the beams are off-limits, and roof construction in the main terminal is at a standstill.

That has pushed back some other tasks.

Work on a glass wall in the front of the building had to be stopped, and crews cannot pour concrete in the terminal floor, for example.

Even so, Kish said, the problem shouldn't delay the opening.

That's in part because it happened in the winter, when construction tends to slow down.

He said some contractors weren't scheduled to be working in the off-limits area anyway, or have been reassigned to other parts of the building.

The steel contractor, for example, is doing work in the building's concourses until it can resume work on the main terminal roof, said Ed Hole, the resident construction manager for Hunt/Smoot Midfield Builders, which is coordinating construction for the project.

About 300 workers are still on the site, Hole said.

Once the roof problem is fixed, construction managers will adjust the overall schedule to make up time lost, Kish said.

"It's a significant incident affecting the flow of the work," he said. "These things happen in construction projects. The construction manager is working with contractors to get work re-sequenced."

The incident will have costs associated with it, but Kish said he is "very confident" they will be covered by insurance. The policy has a $100,000 deductible.

Some contractors have already notified project managers that they plan to file claims to recoup losses caused by schedule interruptions. Kish could not say Friday how many contractors have filed notice. The notices, expected to be covered by insurance, do not yet outline how much money is being sought.

In addition, the extra engineering work could carry a significant cost, but Kish said that should be covered by insurance as well.

The initial contract with KCE Structural Engineers was for $200,000, but the final cost for the firm's services "may get into seven figures," Kish said.

Indianapolis International Airport midfield terminal
Crews were jacking a large steel roof truss into place at the new airport terminal when the shoring tower used to support and lift the beam crumpled near the top. The beam dropped about 16 inches, and the movement caused another truss to drop the same distance.

Engineers are trying to determine how to safely lift the beams back into place. They are also examining the roof structure to see how much damage was done to the welds and bolts that hold the web of steel together.

Project officials say costs associated with the incident should be covered by insurance and that the new terminal should still open in late 2008.

The latest cost estimates peg the midfield project at $1.07 billion. That includes:
• A terminal building.
• A taller control tower.
• A baggage screening system.
• A 7,100-space parking garage.
• A portion of the cost of a new interchange from I-70.

HITTING A SNAG: Airport officials say any costs associated with the roof problem will be covered by insurance and that the overall schedule won't be affected. But they still don't know why the beams moved, and they don't have a plan finalized to fix the problem.


Mar 28, 2007, 3:31 AM
Airport roof beams will be repositioned
Work will begin today at new terminal project to fix 2 steel beams that dropped 16 inches

Work will begin today to fix a steel problem that has largely halted progress on the new airport terminal's roof for two months.

Two giant, steel roof beams unexpectedly dropped about 16 inches on Jan. 24 as workers were trying to negotiate them into place. Construction was stopped underneath and around the beams while engineers devised a plan to safely put them back in place.

Contractors were expected to begin installing four new shoring towers today to support the beams and replace towers that were damaged when the trusses moved, said David Dawson, a spokesman for the new terminal project at Indianapolis International Airport.

In mid-April, other towers that double as giant jacks will be used to put the trusses back in the proper position, Dawson said.

The beams are about 110 feet long and weigh about 25 tons. They are 70 feet off the ground.

KCE Structural Engineers of Washington, a consulting firm hired by the airport project, is continuing to evaluate the roof to determine whether any welds and bolts were damaged, Dawson said. The firm is also investigating what caused the incident.

In the meantime, other work has continued on the terminal.

Airport officials have said they expect costs stemming from the incident to be covered by insurance and not add to the project's $1.07 billion budget, and that the terminal will still open in late 2008.


Mar 30, 2007, 2:00 AM
Airport expects art to make big impression
Array of visuals should grab attention of city visitors

Since the mid-1990s, cities have been trying to take advantage of a captive audience by incorporating major public art installations into airport expansion projects.

Long before Indianapolis began forging an ambitious public arts plan for its midfield terminal project, airports in Miami, Denver and Washington, D.C., commissioned millions of dollars’ worth of statues, mosaics and fountains.

Smaller airports, such as Austin-Bergstrom International in Texas, which is on par with Indianapolis in terms of passenger counts, also have latched onto the trend.

When Austin rebuilt its airport in 1999, it set aside $365,000 for art, according to Megan Crigger, administrator of the city of Austin’s Art in Public Places program. Advertising revenue at the airport supports additional commissions, including a $250,000 contract for a memorial sculpture in 2002.

“Airports are busy places,” Crigger said, noting that commissioned art has to be on a large scale to grab people’s attention. “You have to get people to pause and experience the gateway of a city and give them a clue about where they’re about to visit. It’s critical to creating a sense of place.”

Public art efforts at Indianapolis International Airport’s new midfield terminal will easily outpace Austin’s commitment. And unlike most airport art programs that take place in localities with local ordinances requiring a percentage of construction costs go toward art commissions, Indianapolis International Airport’s $3.89 million commitment was voluntary.

“[Typically], if there isn’t a percent-for-art ordinance, you just don’t have a lot of people voluntarily doing it,” said Julia Muney Moore, public arts administrator for Indianapolis-based Blackburn Architects Inc.

The Airport Authority contracted with Blackburn to line up the art commissions and consult on passengers’ experiences at the new terminal. At just under 1 percent of total construction costs, Indianapolis’ commitment is roughly in line with other cities’ mandated programs.

“Art has been part of the development from the beginning, not just an afterthought or an accessory,” said John J. Kish, project director for the new terminal, which is slated to open by late 2008. “It was important for the project to communicate to travelers the importance of arts and culture for the Indianapolis region.”

It’s a concept that’s been around for years, according to Michael Rushton, a professor of public arts administration at Indiana University. Take, for example, New York City’s leading position in the arts world and the beauty of its Grand Central Station.

“It’s an issue of civic pride,” Rushton said. “Your airport is your front door and you want it to be welcoming.”

Some of the final works will go up at the new Indianapolis terminal as early as next month. But the artist-selection process started in 2004 when Blackburn oversaw a general call for artists to submit qualifications, including examples of past pieces, a resume and artist statements.

A panel of seven judges screened more than 500 applicants, winnowing the field to just 52 and eventually to 18 projects proposed for specific sites. From there, 15 artists received commissions to do work for the first round of installations, slated to debut with the new terminal.

With more than a year and a half to go, some of the pieces are already making their way to Indianapolis.

Panels for British-based artist Martin Donlin’s enormous glass murals were hand-blown in Germany and shipped to Minneapolis where they’ll be shipped to Indianapolis and installed in April.

Painted bronze pieces for the whimsical piece “Baggage Claim” by Brooklynbased artist Ron Baron are being cast in
Spencer, a small city about an hour southwest of Indianapolis. And at least one plum contract is yet to be awarded. Eighty-five artists put in spe- cific proposals for an artwork and landscape design to cover a seven-acre site at the entryway from Interstate 70 to the airport, almost two miles from the new terminal.

Moore said the field has been narrowed to six candidates, and the group has one artist it heavily favors, but it has yet to nail down a contract.

Backers hope there will be many waves of commissions for permanent works and temporary exhibits at the terminal. Blackburn has scouted 56 locations in the building and on the grounds and marked them as prime art opportunities. Moore said the plan is to set up a separate not-for-profit by the end of this year to take donations to keep the art presence growing and to make sure travelers are continuously wowed.

“The airport’s a gateway,” Moore said. “We want to give people a good impression so they understand that Indianapolis is a very arts-aware and arts-friendly city.”

Greg Charleston, president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, agreed.

“It will be a major addition to public art in the city and be the first thing most visitors see when they come to town,” Charleston said. “It tells you a lot about the community and makes the city unique.”

Charleston said that once the terminal is open, the council would include airport art in promotional materials. The project is already creating some buzz in the public arts world because of its price tag alone.

“With that kind of budget, everybody’s going to be watching,” said Austin’s Crigger.

Keira Amstutz, administrator of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, helped pick the artists and said the city is pleased with both the Airport Authority’s commitment and the results.

“This will be a great opportunity to promote Indianapolis,” Amstutz said. “There are going to be some very iconic pieces of work that will become part of the regular stock images used for Indianapolis.”

And though the works aren’t up for view yet, the project is already helping lure visitors to the city. The International Sculpture Center has committed to bring its 2009 national conference—themed “airport as site”—to Indianapolis.

And the city is lobbying to host the American Association of Airport Executives’ annual conference about public art in airports in 2008 so they can take peers on a hard-hat tour before the terminal opens.





May 11, 2007, 4:32 AM
some new construction pics:

Glass artist Martin Donlin stands with his glass mural, titled "Indiana Flight," at the new Indianapolis International Airport midfield terminal.

The mural features a poem by Indiana poet Joseph Heithaus.

Workers use a giant suction cup machine to install Donlin's mural at the new airport terminal.

Martin Donlin speaks with the press in front of his "Red Streaming" glass mural.

Donlin prepares to pose for a portrait in front of "Red Streaming."

Construction continues at the new midfield terminal, set to open in late 2008.

Sep 28, 2007, 3:06 AM
A time lapse video of the terminal construction:


Nov 8, 2007, 4:56 PM
I can't help but notice a lack of hotel construction work going on. Did a contract get award to a developer that cannot get funding?

As far as the terminal goes does anyone know about the arrivals/departures displays that will be set up in the civic plaza? I hope they don't use something as dull as LCD monitors. A significant amount of money has been spent on art which I believe for the most part people won't remember. I would encourage people to push for something better than LCD displays in the plaza. Split-flap displays or Solari boards are the way to go. There is something special about those boards. People will remember the IND arrivals/departure board if you go that route.

For those of you that haven't seen a split-flap/solari board check this out.


I'm collecting information on it including three video links to such boards. This is the type of board that was used in the movie The Terminal. If you like this kind of thing please voice your opinion.

Nov 16, 2007, 4:58 AM
IndyTypeGuy, yeah, I think they cool watch. The solari boards have been around for years. Unfortunately, as technology continues to advance they will eventually phase out just like a scoreboard going digital. I once remember seeing a SB for the first time after arriving at Tokyo's Narita airport during the early 80's. I don't think they are using them anymore.

I like the black shinny floor look. Better put up the wet floor signs during a spill or someone is going to make some money at the new terminal. :cool:

Nov 16, 2007, 9:10 PM
No word on the airport hotel? Also does anyone know why the plan is to place the hotel where phase two of the parking garage expansion was supposed to go? How will the placement of the hotel impact future expansion at IND?

Nov 18, 2007, 4:30 AM
No word on the airport hotel? Also does anyone know why the plan is to place the hotel where phase two of the parking garage expansion was supposed to go? How will the placement of the hotel impact future expansion at IND?

Some airports around the country (ie O'Hare Hilton) have hotels next to the main terminal and parking garage. When an airport offers a way for passengers to save time instead of traveling several minutes in a shuttle bus stuck in traffic it would be a convenient selling point to attract more customers and business in the immediate area.

Nov 18, 2007, 7:32 AM
I understand that. My comment has to do with them putting the hotel where parking is supposed to be. If you look at the 2020 site plan you'll see what I mean. The 2020 plan has a huge parking garage expansion slated to go where the hotel is being put. If the hotel is put there how are they now supposed to expand the garage?

Here is the executive summary.


Nov 18, 2007, 7:17 PM
It shouldn't interfere with the future expansion of the parking garage. The hotel and garage can always be intergrated if need be. The exterior wall partitions of the hotel or garage for that matter can always be modified (added or subtracted) in many different forms to accomodate such a change. That's what I love about architecture. With a little imagination you could do almost anything. If it where me I would open up the center west exterior elevation wall of the hotel connecting to another atrium rising 3 stories. Inside the west atrium you could add more shops and restaurants to one side and the other would be an entrance to the expanded garage. You could even put in a big water fountain in the center now that would be sweet. I've learned this in school. As long as you don't have any cost prohibitive existing obstacles in the way changes can be made. The layout of Indy's midfield terminal has so much potential for expansion. I can't wait until it opens.

Nov 19, 2007, 3:54 PM
I don't see demolishing a relatively new hotel as an option. They could build the expanded parking garage on the other side of the hotel. Not sure how weird that would be to have a hotel sandwiched in between two parking garages. It would also require one very long series of moving walkways. I'm just concerned that perhaps they are painting themselves into an expansion corner because of this hotel.

Nov 24, 2007, 8:06 PM
I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens. Plans can always change over time. I'm curious how the expansion phase will unfold though. I think they want a hotel in place when the airport opens.

Jan 21, 2008, 6:23 AM
I took these photos today. Enjoy

Side view. Concourse furthest from the FedEx facility.

Front elevation closeup.

Full view of front elevation including control tower.

Jan 21, 2008, 6:26 AM
Maybe someone here can help me figure out something in the first of the 3 pics. In the side view you can see the boarded up openings that will be used for the jet bridges. In the original images I was able to zoom in and count 19 of them. That is the long side plus the one end. On the other end will be another jet bridge opening plus whatever is on the interior. This would mean a minimum of 26 openings on the concourse but the concourse is only to have 20 jet bridges. What is the reasoning for this? Are they going away from the 20 and going to a more dynamic setup where it could contain more than 20 jet bridges but having them closer together to handle regional jets?

Jan 27, 2008, 4:43 PM
That is one beautiful terminal...thanks for shooting those Indytype

Jan 27, 2008, 6:05 PM
Looking great! Indy's doing some cool things with the airport and the new football stadium.

Feb 28, 2008, 1:24 AM
Here are new construction photos from http://www.newindairport.com

Terminal front view.

"A" concourse with jet bridge.

Ticket hall.

"A" Concourse Interior

The master plan had the "A" concourse on the left side but it seems from the jet bridge sign that the "A" concourse is on the right side. Which is the way the old terminal is. So I guess that makes sense.

May 16, 2008, 1:27 AM
New photos by the Indianapolis Airport Authority.



And a panorama shot. Click to view.


J. Will
May 16, 2008, 1:32 AM
How will it be connected to the existing airport terminal? Will it be built directly adjacent, or will there be some kind of tunnels connecting the old and new terminals?

May 16, 2008, 2:06 AM
How will it be connected to the existing airport terminal? Will it be built directly adjacent, or will there be some kind of tunnels connecting the old and new terminals?

Unless I'm mistaken the old terminal will be torn down.

May 16, 2008, 7:56 PM
Unless I'm mistaken the old terminal will be torn down.

That would be correct. Starting October 28th the old terminal will no longer be used. It will eventually be torn down and the space used for something else.

May 23, 2008, 5:47 PM
wow! very nice Indy!! kinda reminds me of Conseco Fieldhouse with all that glass


May 27, 2008, 11:25 PM
Here is a picture I took yesterday of the new IND "A" concourse. Sorry the picture quality isn't any better. The photo was taken from quite a distance.


Jun 10, 2008, 6:41 PM
Thanks for the update shot, Indytype. You didn't break in to walk out onto the runway to get that close up shot did you? ;) I just got me a place near the airport within walking distance of Metropolis. The new main entrance on the westside will put me within easy 5 minute access to the terminal.

Jun 11, 2008, 5:00 AM
Oh I am jealous. Now you have to get a scanner and broadcast the tower feed to the atc live site.

BTW have you been to the theater at Metropolis before? I saw Cloverfield there. It was great.

Jun 14, 2008, 4:41 AM
Yeah, I was there a couple of weeks ago to see Indiana Jones 4. The first
Rave Theatre I've been to was the one in Birmingham,Al 4 years ago.

Jun 18, 2008, 7:09 AM
New IND photos from the Indianapolis Airport Authority.





Jun 18, 2008, 6:03 PM
Looks nice, lots of natural light and clean lines. Somewhat minimalist... but not bad.

Jun 20, 2008, 11:58 AM
Funny that this should come up...I was just about to post here asking for updates.

That is one nice terminal you got there in Indy!! Mucho jealousy here at the Boise Airport (though I still love our airport :P). I predict that once the economy improves, this new terminal will look particularly attractive to an airline wanting to start a hub here (such as DL/NW), versus a city of similar size.

Jun 21, 2008, 12:37 AM
As much as I'd love an airline to start a hub here I don't think any airline is going to be starting a hub anywhere in the U.S. until fuel prices stabilize and airlines can adjust their prices accordingly. So don't expect anything prior to 2010.

Jun 21, 2008, 3:34 AM

This reminds me of the Detroit Northwest Terminal.

Very nice airport for Indy.:tup:

Jun 21, 2008, 11:30 PM
Looks like the East Terminal at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport serving Southwest Airlines and International Charters.

Jun 22, 2008, 7:43 AM
As much as I'd love an airline to start a hub here I don't think any airline is going to be starting a hub anywhere in the U.S. until fuel prices stabilize and airlines can adjust their prices accordingly. So don't expect anything prior to 2010.

Well yeah, hence why I said "until the economy improves" (which I suppose I should've also included "when jet fuel prices drop" which they will as biofuels become more readily available), but even 2010 is very optimistic. I would say no sooner than 2015 will you see an airline really develop IND as a hub.


Jun 23, 2008, 7:52 PM
If anyone opens a hub here it will probably be AirTran... but only seasonal :-)

Anyone that follows AirTran closely will understand the joke.

Oct 3, 2008, 4:20 AM
New Pictures: