While there are many fine green terminals popping up in recent years from coast to coast, national green props must now go to Indiana for the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), as its Midfield Terminal complex [PDF] has become the first airport in the United States to win LEED certification for an entire terminal campus.
The design, construction, and operation of the Midfield Terminal complex – which includes 1.2 million square feet over its terminal, concourses, Ground Transportation Center, and parking garage – was designed with close attention to energy efficiency, sustainable design and protection of the surrounding environment. While the campus was, of course, designed with the greater good in mind (along with the cachet that LEED certification brings), the green features also add value to IND through measurable efficiency gains in energy, fuel and water use.
The terminal makes use of natural light, energy-efficient equipment and effective building control systems to save 18 percent of the energy that would be used by a conventionally built terminal complex of similar size. Sustainable, locally sourced and low-VOC materials were used throughout the complex, as were low-flow water fixtures. Construction debris generated during construction were recycled, and the terminal complex itself now features a recycling program for travelers.
The Midfield Terminal complex is the latest among IND’s sustainability initiatives, which include energy efficient lighting projects in the IND parking garage and at the Indianapolis Maintenance Center. The airport is currently working on a the construction of one of the largest airport-based solar arrays in North America, expected to produce more than 15 million kilowatt hours of power each year, slated for completion in mid-2012.