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Los Angeles World Airports Recommends LA Gateway Partners to Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility at LAX

September 12, 2018 Airport, Visit California No Comments Email Email

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) has approved L.A. Gateway Partners (LAGP) as the Recommended Developer (RD) for the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility and has initiated the first agreement between the parties. The agreement with LAGP sets in motion the path towards full contract approval by BOAC and the Los Angeles City Council to design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) the ConRAC at LAX.

LAGP’s proposal had the lowest price score and second-highest technical score of the four teams that participated in the procurement process. LAWA will present a 28-year contract to the BOAC and City Council for approval in the coming months. The contract will include milestone payments for the design and construction phases, as well as authorises future payments for operating and maintaining the ConRAC for the contract period.

BOAC approved an Early Works Agreement with LAGP, not-to-exceed amount of USD $5 million, which will allow pre-construction activities such as hiring, soil testing, engineering, and furthering design of the ConRAC. Today’s contract approval is important to maintain the schedule to complete the project in 2023.

“This was a very competitive process that brought out strong proposals from all four teams who bid for the project,” said Sean Burton, President, LAWA BOAC. “The ConRAC is an important piece of infrastructure that will not only serve our visitors who use rental cars but will benefit everyone by helping us deliver on our crucial goal of significantly reducing traffic on roadways in and around LAX.”

“By consolidating rental car operations into one convenient location connected to the Automated People Mover, our guests will experience a new streamlined way to begin and end their journey at LAX,” said Deborah Flint, CEO, LAWA. “Improving the guest experience is always at the forefront of our thinking and we are excited to begin working with LA Gateway Partners to make this new facility a reality.”

The ConRAC will consolidate over 20 various rental car locations in and around the airport into one convenient facility located adjacent to the 405 freeway. It will feature 6,600 ready/return parking stalls, 10,000 idle vehicle storage and 1,100 rental car employee parking spaces. The approximately 5.3 million square foot facility will be built in an area bordered by Aviation Blvd. on the west, Arbor Vitae St. to the north, La Cienega Blvd. on the east and the new 98th St. extension to the south. The facility will be connected to the Automated People Mover (APM).

The facility layout above is LAGP’s site plan for the ConRAC.  By condensing the footprint of facility, future development opportunities become available.    

Once completed and operational, rental car shuttles will no longer access the LAX terminal loop as all customers will ride the APM train to get to their rental car company. With the removal of rental car shuttles, LAX will see a reduction in vehicle traffic and passengers waiting to board curb side at the airport.

This team has proposed a more compact structure, which allows for a smaller footprint, increasing available area for future LAWA development and shortens the walking distance for customers renting cars. The functionality and design of LAGP’s proposal is strongly supported by rental car company representatives and will accommodate changes in market share of rental car companies.

As part of their proposal, LAGP committed to delivering an environmentally friendly project. Landscape will be drought tolerant using California native plants and the building will meet or exceed minimum requirements for LEED Silver certification.

Collectively, the LAGP team has extensive experience designing, building and operating nearly 30 ConRACs domestically and internationally, including the Atlanta-Hartsfield RAC facility, the Boston Logan Consolidated Rental Car Center, and the Nashville International Airport RAC facility. LAGP team members also have a history of involvement in large-scale infrastructure projects in Los Angeles and around the country. These projects have helped drive economic development and deliver integral benefits to the local communities. LAGP has committed to partner with LAWA in developing opportunities for local small businesses, creation of good-paying career jobs and fostering economic growth.

The ConRAC will be built using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) contracting model. LAGP will be designing and constructing the facility and will also be responsible for operating and maintaining it for a 28-year period. The APM system is also being built with this contracting model.

The ConRAC is a major component of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), which also includes the APM system, Intermodal Transportation Facility – West and associated roadway improvements.

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