IND FedEx Apron Expansion

CHA provided design services for an apron expansion to accommodate the increased number of operations at the Federal Express Sort Facility at Indianapolis International Airport. The expansion was divided into three phases to reduce the overall capital expense. Four additional wide-body aircraft gates were added in a fourth phase. The expansion brought the total capacity of the cargo apron facility to 56 wide-body gates.

Project elements included:

  • Preliminary engineering for future cargo apron development, including concept design for a future crossover taxiway, apron layout for an additional 35 wide body gates, and stormwater runoff management
  • Excavation and site grading, including the discovery and removal of an abandoned dump site
  • Installation of storm sewer and manholes, which included a glycol collection tank and over 3,000 feet of 54-inch RCP varying in depth from 10-feet to 30-feet
  • Extension of underground aircraft hydrant fueling system, including isolation valve vaults, hydrant pits, high-point vents, low-point drains, and cathodic protection
  • Construction of an electrical unit substation and over 2,000 feet of an electrical duct bank system
  • Placement of over 160,000 sq. yds. of 18-inch concrete pavement on a 6-inch cement-treated permeable subbase
  • Installation of tether boxes to accommodate a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft and associated pavement markings
  • Installation of high-mast apron lighting and provisions for portable 400 Hz ground power units
Project Services:
  • Pavement Design
  • Earthwork and Grading Design
  • Stormwater Design
  • Deicing Capture and Conveyance Design
  • Site Utility Design
  • Electrical and Lighting Design
  • Construction Engineering and Administration
  • Construction Observation