Construction of LAX’s Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility, which airport officials say will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, reached a milestone Monday as crews topped off the structure by pouring the final 233,000 cubic yards of concrete.

“The Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility will be a game-changer for our airport when it opens in 2023, providing a streamlined rental car experience for the hundreds of thousands of travelers who rent cars each year,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports.

“We thank all of the craft workers and project team members who have tallied more than two and a half million work hours to reach this significant achievement as we build a better LAX,” he said.

The topping-off took place at what will be known as the Idle Storage building, which is one of three structures that will make up the 6.5-million-square-foot facility, which LAWA officials say will be the second-largest concrete structure in the country, behind only the Pentagon.

It will house multiple rental car companies and their 18,000 vehicles, which are currently spread around the LAX area. The new site is adjacent to the San Diego (405) Freeway and will be accessible from the Automated People Mover train system, which is under construction. The train is expected to remove about 3,200 daily shuttle trips when it replaces the rental car shuttle system.

Airport officials say that once completed, the facility will make the rental car experience easier for the hundreds of thousands of travelers that rent cars each year at LAX, which, as of 2019, had the second-busiest rental car market of any domestic airport.

“Topping off at the Idle Storage building represents the latest achievement in a series of significant construction milestones for our team,” said Alan Kuysters, project director for the design and construction of the Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility. “It is rewarding to see our team’s hard work and dedication come together once again in such a significant moment for the final building concrete pour.”

Along with housing the businesses and their vehicles, the facility will have a “Quick Turn Around” building for light maintenance, including fueling, car washing, oil changes and tire rotations. That building is expected to reduce traffic by keeping operations at the facility and not on city streets.

The facility is part of the airport’s $5.5 billion Landslide Access Modernization Program to improve access to LAX, provide new pick-up and drop-off options for travelers and provide connections to regional transit. The first foundations were poured in February 2020.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *