After nearly three years and more than 4 million man hours, the consolidated car rental facility at Los Angeles International Airport reached a major construction milestone earlier this month: handing over the car rental return to 13 rental car brand tenants to expand their customer base space.
The transition, which took place on June 2, marked the final phase of the project for what will become the world’s largest car rental facility. With the infrastructure for the 6.3 million square foot building complex in place – including the concrete superstructure, elevators, escalators and landscaping – tenants can now construct their rental counters, reception areas, and more. waiting, their office spaces and their entry/exit cabins.
Everything is in preparation for the opening of the establishment, which is scheduled for the summer of next year. A few weeks or months later, the opening is set for the $2 billion, 2.25-mile automated people mover system that will connect the consolidated car rental facility to the airport terminals.
“We are on the path to a completely redesigned airport that will streamline and improve the LAX passenger experience,” said Justin Erbacci, general manager of Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. “The Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility is a key part of our vision for a world-class experience for those coming to Los Angeles, and handing over to rental car renters is the next major step in making our plans a reality.”
Until now, construction of the billion-dollar facility has been managed by LAX ConRAC Partners, a consortium of 11 companies. The general contractor is PCL Construction Services Inc., a unit of PCL Construction Enterprises of Edmonton, Alberta. Downtown AC Martin Partners Inc. is one of the project’s architects. But now much of the interior work will be done by contractors for car rental companies. The Ready/Idle Return Storage building is where customers pick up and drop off their vehicles.
In 2018, LAWA signed 20-year base leases with five-year extension options with seven car rental companies to occupy the consolidated car rental facility. These included the “big three” companies: Avis Budget Group Inc., based in Parsippany, NJ (which includes the Avis, Budget, Payless and Zip Car brands); Enterprise Holdings Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri (which includes the Enterprise, Alamo and National brands); and Hertz Global Holdings Inc., based in Estero, Fla. (which includes the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands). Sixt Rent A Car, a unit of Sixt, based in Munich, Germany, and Fox Rent A Car, now a unit of Europcar Mobility Group, based in Paris, have also signed rental agreements. Later this year, the handover to car rental brand operators of the facility’s other key structure – called the “Fast Turnaround Building” – is expected to take place. This is where rental car operators will service their vehicles so they can be ready for the next round of rental customers.
And throughout the coming year, work will continue on the access roads inside and outside the