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San Diego International Airport jumps aboard national aviation trend

Austin|Sundt prepares for construction of consolidated rental car center

In an effort to reduce airport traffic congestion and improve customer service, a new Rental Car Center is now in design for the San Diego International Airport.

The SDIA RCC project will be constructed by joint venture partners Austin Commercial, LP and Sundt Construction Inc. Austin|Sundt Joint Venture is currently providing preconstruction services during the design phase as the airport’s Construction Manager at Risk for the RCC.

The construction of rental car centers that consolidate rental car agencies in a single facility is a continuing trend in aviation construction. The SDIA RCC will bring 12 rental car agencies together and all of the associated functions under one roof, including customer service, maintenance, fueling and washing. Upon completion of the approximately 2 million-square-foot project, the RCC will simplify travel and improve air quality by condensing the trip to and from a single, centralized rental car center for passengers.

More major airports around the country are building rental car centers on-site or nearby for travelers. These facilities reduce traffic significantly, which in turn creates a more efficient and enjoyable travel experience. Other benefits to rental car centers that consolidate rental car agencies include cutting down on traffic and pollution, reducing wasteful redundancy by car agencies sharing facilities -- such as car washing stations -- and freeing space that can be re-purposed.

Austin|Sundt Joint Venture has significant experience in aviation and rental car center construction, which attributed to the selection of the team for the SDIA RCC project. The project approach also affords many opportunities for involvement of small and local businesses, which is part of the culture of the contractor, design team and Airport Authority.

The project team includes Demattei-Wong serving as the managing architect, with design team members Parsons Brinkerhoff and Tucker Sadler Architects.

Design and preconstruction of the SDIA RCC facility is under way, with major construction planned to commence later this year. Work on the approximately $200 million project is expected to conclude by the end of 2015.

-Submitted by Austin/Sundt.

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