INDIANAPOLIS — Work has begun on the much-anticipated demolition of the old terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND).
The terminal complex includes four concourses and other structures built between 1954 and ‘87, each requiring varying preparatory work prior to the actual demolition. The old terminal has been closed since 2008 when IND’s Midfield Terminal opened.
“The old terminal was critical to our success for more than 50 years and helped position us to move forward with our new, award-winning Midfield Terminal, itself built to sustain continued success for decades more to come,” Robert Duncan, executive director for the Indianapolis Airport Authority, said in a statement. “The demolition project will create a shovel-ready asset that we can more easily market to prospective site developers. With its multimodal access linking the airport’s airside to the nearby regional Interstate system, the location is well positioned to host future projects that could create substantial and long-lasting benefits for our region.”
Current work is focused on waste removal and exterior preparation that must be completed before substantial demolition of the structures can begin. The entire site is expected to be cleared by the end of the year, with plans calling for Concourse C to be demolished first. Demolition to the C concourse began last week.
Exterior ramps and roadways, an old fuel farm, and other support structures are also part of the demolition. Including the nearly 800,000-square-foot-terminal, the demolition project covers more than 1 million square feet. Structures will be brought down in sections using excavators.