Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility
The Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC) will allow 20+ car rental brands which are currently located in an scattered array of LAX proximate locations to be housed in a single 6.3 million square foot mega-building complex that is connected to every LAX passenger terminal via the new Automated People Mover (APM). The passengers will arrive at an open air landscaped plaza where he or she can will have a direct sightline to the car rental companies retail areas located in two buildings a short distance from the APM station. The 80% of the passengers who have reserved a car may proceed directly to the parking stall that is identified by the car rental smart phone app via the three escalator and elevator cores for direct access to each company’s rental car fleets. ConRAC is a highly efficient machine to take a car that is returned by a customer and make it ready for a new customer in 8 minutes. There are 186 fuel pumps and 40 car washes in the Ready Return Building to make this happen.
The architectural design of ConRAC echoes the Mid-Century Modern theme of the LAX passenger terminals, with numerous sustainability features. The west building façade will be the primary face of the ConRAC for its users and is the one most visible to the arriving passengers and the neighborhood. It features a composition of white perforated metal panels that provides both enclosure and natural ventilation for the building. Its length is animated by a series of projecting stair towers and a large elevator tower at the bus plaza. This design vernacular is carried through to all other facades at the Ready Return and Quick Turn Around buildings. The south façade will feature a randomized vertical solar array that will serve the dual purpose of a screening material while satisfying the requirement to produce 4.8 megawatts of electrical power from renewable sources at this facility. One of the distinguishing features of the RR Building is the stack of speed ramps on its south side which will allow all returning cars to directly, safely and efficiently access each of the rental car floors and the Level 5 employee parking area. Finally, the north side features a helix exit ramp that will bring all outbound cars to the vehicular exit on Arbor Vitae.