Engineering and architectural firm TranSystems has been awarded a US$2.5m contract to design a new rental car facility at John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio.
The rental facility will be constructed near the site of the new future terminal and will provide travelers with a centralized location for collecting and dropping off vehicles. The project will create extra space in the airport’s multi-story parking facility as rental operators currently occupy the first two levels. A sky bridge will also be constructed to connect the two facilities, with work scheduled for completion in 2020.
Elaine Roberts, president and CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, the operator of the airport, said, “The new rental car facility will address capacity issues in the garage while also serving as the first key component to positioning John Glenn International for the development of a new terminal.
“A new rental car facility and terminal have long been part of the airport master plan. This phased approach to development allows us to serve growing parking and rental car demands while still maximizing the life of our current terminal.”
The airport is currently undergoing a study to determine the capacity of the current terminal and a separate analysis is being conducted to refine the scope and cost of the new terminal and related development. Findings from these studies, which will conclude in the autumn of 2017, will determine the timeframe for building the new terminal.
TranSystems has prior experience in designing similar rental car facilities at airports in San Jose, California; San Antonio, Texas; and Chicago, Illinois.