Air Traffic Control Tower Indianapolis Airport


Federal Aviation Administration


Indianapolis, Indiana


The Indianapolis International Airport control tower was constructed as the first phase of the overall airport redevelopment and included the 43,000 SF Tracon Base Building, new control tower, and all site work. At 345 feet tall the tower is the second tallest in the United States. To minimize view obstructions the tower cab is supported by one central super-column, thus eliminating perimeter columns and visual obstructions at the glass.


Exp provided architecture and engineering design services including interior design, civil, structural, MEP, communications, RF/radar technology, security, A/V systems, fire protection, and network engineering. The design for the base building uses economical pre-cast concrete with a strong horizontal emphasis to visually anchor the tower to the Indiana prairie. The design of the control tower cab was conceived as a glass jewel captured by stainless steel fins, and is likened to the setting of a diamond wedding band.