New Smith Field Airport Terminal coming soon
A big move is happening at Smith Field Airport this spring, and it’s not planes moving about the airfield. At the end of this month the Airport Authority plans to relocate the Smith Field terminal building and all its operations into the former Ivy Tech Community College building on Ludwig Road, with hopes of bringing the customer service there to a whole new altitude.
As you may recall, in 2007 the Airport Authority built a facility for Ivy’s Tech’s Airframe and Powerplant (A & P) Certification program at Smith Field; however, the facility was quickly outgrown. Because of the great interest in the A & P program, students awaiting admission were put on a waiting list, so Ivy Tech began plans for a new, bigger facility to accommodate the students. That facility was completed last fall and classes are now being held in the new building off of Cook Road.
With the old Ivy Tech building vacant, yet fairly new, it was a natural fit to consider it for the Smith Field terminal building. The current terminal building was built in 1978 and is quite small for the customer service operations. The building does not have adequate space for meetings of airport groups or the Sweet Aviation ground school classes. Much of the fueling equipment is quite old as well, so updates are definitely needed.
Before relocating the operations to the new building, however, some renovations needed to be made to make the building more "customer-friendly." Throughout the winter and spring months, various projects have occurred inside the building, including the construction of a brand new customer service counter located just inside the airfield entrance, a multipurpose room for meetings and training seminars, new office space for the airport authority staff and ground school operator, and a new access door to the restrooms making them accessible to pilots 24-hours a day, even if the terminal building is closed. Other “facelifts” were made to the interior including, new lighting, paint, furnishings, and flooring.
Outside, a new canopy has been constructed at the main airfield entrance, providing shelter from the elements as you enter the building. A new patio area adjacent to the canopy will soon be furnished with outdoor furniture, allowing pilots and their friends a great outdoor meeting place to gather, socialize, and watch aircraft come and go. The best outdoor improvement, however, is the new fueling area. Equipped with brand new pumps and digital LED displays, the new fueling equipment will be easier to use and allow pilots to read the amount of fuel dispensed. The fuel tanks are also now above ground, making it easier for staff to perform inspections and maintenance.
The Airport Authority will hold an open house at the new facility later this summer. We invite you to join us and see all the great features the new Smith Field terminal building has to offer. Check the airport Facebook page later this month for more details about the open house event.
Old Smith Field Terminal Building
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