James A. Cummings

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Intl Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility

The Consolidated Rental Car Facility, one of the largest structures of its kind in the U.S., is a $180 million, 4.5 million square foot, 9-floor mixed use facility.  Level 1 of the facility is a quick turnaround (QTA) area for the rental car companies (Dollar, Budget, Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, National, and Thrifty) and includes a maintenance and repair area with fueling, washing, vacuuming, and staging for up to 1,000 rental cars.  The QTA area consisted of installing the overall fueling system with 63 fuel pumps, smoke exhaust system, fire suppression systems, rough in for all of the maintenance equipment and building the office and maintenance bays.  Levels 2 through 4 house a 120,000 square foot rental car concession and customer service area plus 1,000 car rental parking spaces per floor.  Floors 5 through 9 add another 4,800 public parking spaces.  The massive cast-in-place, post-tensioned structure required 108 elevated slab pours, with production averaging 75,000 square feet of deck per week.  Eight elevated vehicular bridges connect the new garage to a freestanding helical exit ramp structure.  Another two elevated vehicular bridges, spanning in excess of 100 feet, connect floors 6 and 7 to the adjacent existing garage.  Aside from the core task of constructing the rental car facility, concurrent projects we also built included the construction of a 1,200 foot elevated bus way, construction of a 200 foot air conditioned pedestrian bridge with a moving walkway over the main roadway through the airport, installation of an off-site sanitary sewer system and lift station, renovation an existing FAA communications tower, and upgrading the airport’s existing revenue control system.  In addition to managing our own subcontractors and suppliers, our management team coordinated the construction of 10 rental car build-outs to ensure on-time completion of the overall project as well as each of its phases and subprojects. The entire project was completed 3 months ahead of schedule while working in the middle of an active airport, with tens of thousands of people using the facility daily.