The Indianapolis Airport Authority is taking steps to set itself up for future expansion. The IAA is looking for potential partners for a “major” stormwater and wastewater project at the airport. The Request for Qualifications was released Tuesday.

March 24, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – In an effort to both continue its record of sustainability and to allow it to efficiently accommodate future expansion and improvements, the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) is, pursuant to the issuance of a Request for Qualification (RFQ), seeking qualifications from potential partners to address long-term stormwater and wastewater capacity issues at the airport.

The IAA owns and operates nearly 7,700 acres of land, in addition to 2,000 acres of protected habitat land for the federally endangered Indiana bat. This large footprint, much of it impervious surfaces which produce ground water runoff combined with unique issues such as the management of de-icing chemicals, creates both a cost and sustainability challenge. This proposed partnership will give the IAA the opportunity to set a new standard in the way it handles discharges from airport operations.

The IAA maintains an infrastructure system of storage basins, conveyances, control structures and associated equipment to manage stormwater and deicing fluid runoff at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The system captures runoff from aircraft and airfield pavement and carries it to storage and ultimately through the sewers for wastewater treatment.

The airport’s stormwater/wastewater systems are sufficient for the current volume of storm water activity but have limited capacity for new development. Within the next 10 years, the IAA anticipates substantial growth in its airside operations, which will have a significant impact on the airport’s systems.

The IAA seeks partners who will bring state-of-the-art thinking to the glycol management and disposal process and propose cost-effective and sustainable capital improvements to the airport’s systems. The ideal partner will be able to supply operations, maintenance, repair, replacement and administration services for the systems while providing for their long-term expansion.

This RFQ represents an additional step in the IAA’s national record of sustainable progress represented in its completion of the largest airport solar farm, the only LEED certified terminal complex, and the new partnership with the White Lick Beekeepers Association to promote bee preservation and education.

RFQ timeline:

March 24, 2015 Issue RFQ

April 13, 2015 Respondents to register with the IAA

April 15, 2015 – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT Informational meeting and site visit scheduled for each respondent

April 24, 2015 Last day to submit RFQ clarification questions

May 4, 2015 Last day to issue RFQ answers and addenda

May 11, 2015 RFQ response submission time

Summer 2015 Announcement of qualified proposers

The RFQ will be available to interested parties on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at www.indianapolisairport.com.

About the Indianapolis Airport Authority

The Indianapolis Airport Authority owns and operates Indiana’s largest airport system. In addition to the Indianapolis International Airport, its facilities include the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport, Indianapolis Regional Airport and Metropolitan Airport. IND has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing it as a leader within its class, including best airport in North America in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in Airports Council International’s annual Airport Service Quality awards. IND is the first airport in the U.S. to win LEED® certification for an entire terminal campus, and it has won additional recognition for excellent customer service, concessions programs, and art and architecture.

IND generates an annual economic impact in Central Indiana of more than $4.5 billion without relying on state or local taxes to fund its operations. About 10,000 people work at the airport each day. IND serves more than 7 million business and leisure travelers each year and averages 140 daily flights to 39 nonstop destinations. Home of the world's second-largest FedEx Express operation and the nation’s eighth-largest cargo facility, IND is committed to becoming the airport system of choice for both passenger and cargo service. For more information, visit IND’s Facebook page at Indianapolis International Airport and Twitter page at @INDairport.

Source: Indianapolis Airport Authority

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