Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board Of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) has approved LA Gateway Partners (LAGP) as the recommended developer for the consolidated rent-a-car (ConRAC) facility at LAX.
The agreement with LAGP sets in motion the path toward full contract approval by BOAC and the Los Angeles City Council to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility, with projected completion in 2023.
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 authorize future payments for operating and maintaining the ConRAC for the contract period.
BOAC approved an early works agreement with LAGP with a US$5m budget, which will fund pre-construction activities such as hiring, soil testing, engineering, and furthering design of the ConRAC.
The ConRAC will consolidate more than 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 facility will be connected to the Automated People Mover (APM).
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 curbside at the airport.
Sean Burton, president, LAWA BOAC, said, “This was a very competitive process that brought out strong proposals from all four teams who bid for the project. 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.”
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.
Deborah Flint, CEO at LAWA, said, “By consolidating rental car operations into one convenient location connected to the APM, our guests will experience a new streamlined way to begin and end their journey at LAX. 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.”