After more than 4 million hours of work, the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has reached its next major milestone – the handover of the Ready Return/Idle Storage building. rental car lessees to grow their space customer base – marking a new phase of the project for what will become the world’s largest rental car center when it opens.
“We are on the path to a completely redesigned airport that will streamline and elevate the LAX passenger experience,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “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.”
With the building infrastructure in place, including elevators, escalators, landscaping and landscaping, tenants will now be able to walk in and make it their own. Some of the tenant improvement work that will begin includes the construction of guest experience spaces, waiting rooms, office spaces and entry/exit booths.
“The refurbishment of the Ready Return/Idle Storage building for tenant improvements is a particularly notable milestone for our team,” said Karl Schaefer, LAX Project Manager ConRAC Partners (LAXCP). “After more than 4 million hours of work, this achievement brings us one step closer to opening the world’s largest rental car center at LAX.”
The ConRAC facility covers approximately 6.3 million square feet and includes the Ready Return/Idle Storage building, where customers will pick up and drop off their vehicles, an Automated Train Station (APM), which will connect the facility to the central area from the terminal in 10 minutes or less, and a Quick Turn Around building, where rental vehicles are serviced. A total of 233,000 cubic meters of concrete were poured to complete the structures, making it the second largest concrete building in the United States behind the Pentagon.
The Ready Return/Idle Storage building can hold 18,000 vehicles, including rentals and employee parking. The five-story structure will house five car rental companies representing 13 brands, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of Los Angeles, LLC (Enterprise, Alamo, National), The Hertz Corporation (Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty), Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC (Avis, Budget, Payless, Zip Car), Sixt Rent a Car, LLC (Sixt) and Fox Rent A Car, Inc. and DR Car Rental (Fox, EuropCar).
Over the coming year, work will continue on access roads inside and outside the facility, including extending Concourse Way from where it currently ends at Century Boulevard to Arbor Vitae Street. Later this year, the Quick Turn Around building will be handed over to rental car tenants for fit-up, with the full project due for completion in the summer of 2023.
The ConRAC facility is one of the major components of LAX’s landside access modernization program, which includes a 2.25-mile electric train system that will transport travelers in and out of the central area of the terminal, connecting them to new off-site parking facilities, regional light rail transport and the ConRAC facility. LAMP projects represent a critical investment in Los Angeles’ infrastructure as the city prepares to host the 2028 Olympics.