Blackburn Architects was selected as the local architectural representative for the
Oklahoma firm of Franfort-Short-Bruza on the $900,000,000 United Airlines Indianapolis
Maintenance Center. The project, located at the Indianapolis International Airport
will be a world class aviation maintenance facility focusing on the airframes and
engines of the United Airlines 737, 757, and 767 fleet. IMC is located on 300 acres
on the northwest side of the Indianapolis International Airport. The facility includes
hangers, airframe repair shops, engine repair shops and central facilities for on
site utilities and site support.
Blackburn Architects provided design services for two structrures in this facility.
The first building designed by Blackburn and constructed on site was the Central
Plant. The airframe and engine product lines are supported by a Central Plant located
near the hangers and engine shops. The Central Plant provides the utility services
for steam, chilled water, fire foam, and compressed air via a pipe rack system. This
facility is approximately 60,110 square feet.
The second structure Blackburn Architects provided design services for was the Controlled
Materials Building. This is an 11,900 square foot facility for the processing of
the waste water from hanger washdowns and the store water runoff from the project
site. Included are oil separators and sludge removal tanks that recover these substances
from the storm runoff from aircraft ramp and hanger areas.
The Commons Building houses all administrative offices, processing, security, conference
facilities, as well as employee services such as a credit union, ticketing and cafeteria.
All buildings are connected by service corridors for pedestrians, materials and