The Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility is one of the main Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) projects at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will reduce traffic congestion around the terminals and make traveling to and from the airport much more efficient.Scheduled for completion in 2023, the 6.4 million sq.ft. ConRAC facility will be the largest of its kind in the world, bringing over 20 rental car agencies into one location. The project features 2 multi-story structures: one with 5 levels and over 18,000 parking spaces for rental car and employee parking, and another 5-level structure with fueling stations, car washes and light maintenance bays to prepare all the car rentals (the Quick Turn Around building), along with bridges on each level between the structures. The facility also features multiple below-grade emergency exit safety corridors. With an expected 265,000 cu. yds. of concrete in the final structure, a batch plant has been built right on site to handle all the concrete.
The ConRAC presents some unique challenges for construction project planning and scheduling.
- Coordinating with the Automated People Mover (APM) team and design modifications to the building. As the first facility in Los Angeles where a train enters the building, there was no allowance for this type of structure. Design modification requests were submitted to various city agencies to allow for the design and construction of the ConRAC facility.
- Building fueling stations on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors of the Quick Turn Around building. This had never been done before in the US and it also required code modifications to allow for such design and construction.
- Various roadworks to handle the additional traffic for car renting travelers. Projections indicate there will be additional traffic coming out of ConRAC at about one car per second. Therefore, roads around the facility will be widened, including the extremely busy, nearby ram to the I-405 freeway. In addition, a new road will be constructed along the west side of the structure.
CMS has been providing project controls management and scheduling services for the ConRAC project. The CMS scheduler began with developing the baseline schedule for the project. He reviews the contractor’s schedules on a monthly basis and provides reports to senior management on the status of the project. Time impact analyses are performed as needed to assess project delays. In addition, the scheduler provides risk management and recommendations for mitigation, using his experience working for contractors and other airport projects to best represent the owner’s interests.
- Owner: Los Angeles World Airports
- Location: Los Angeles, CA
- Delivery Method: Public-Private Partnership (P3) / Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM)
- Developer/Contractor: LAX ConRAC Partners (LAXCP)
- Project Dates: 2016 – Present (expected completion in 2023)
- Project Value: $1.6 Billion