Indiana might not be on the forefront of sustainable building and architecture, but there are a few bright spots here and there. One of the them is the “new” airport in Indianapolis. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a couple presentations about its designa and the art program for the terminal–such interesting stuff! I loved hearing about the concepts behind the design decisions and then being able to actually experience them as a user of the site and space. It’s been a year or so since I sat in those presentations, so I might not remember the details exactly right, but there are few things that stuck out to me. The first is the approach to the terminal. The curves and grade levels are very intentional about revealing views as you progress. The second is the art program. I love it! There some limestone pieces on the wall just behind the checkout counters that kept me occupied for quite a while. And I am totally, utterly in love with the mosaics and glass pieces. Did you know that those colored glass panels are actually glass fused within those curtain walls? I believe they were produced in Germany. Amazing! The third is the simplicity of wayfinding. The terminal is very easy to understand and move around in.
Back in May there was a news release about the LEED certification of the Midfield Terminal campus. Even better! Here is the full release as seen on the Green Business Network: http://bit.ly/N0wdxy.
Although the features recognized by the LEED certification provide an enhanced experience for visitors and employees and support their well-being,they also add great value through measurable efficiency gains in energy,fuel,and water usage. In fact,the investments in sustainable design recognized by LEED certification will more than pay for themselves through substantially reduced aircraft fuel usage and cuts in terminal campus energy and water usage. (emphasis is my own)