Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) has approved L.A. Gateway Partners (LAGP) as the recommended developer for the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) Facility and has initiated the first agreement between the parties. The agreement with LAGP sets in motion the path towards full contract approval by BOAC and the Los Angeles City Council to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the CONRAC at LAX.
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 authorizes future payments for operating and maintaining the CONRAC for the contract period.
BOAC approved an early works agreement with LAGP, not-to-exceed amount of $5 million, which will allow pre-construction activities such as hiring, soil testing, engineering, and furthering design of the CONRAC.
Today's contract approval is important to maintain the schedule to complete the project in 2023.
The CONRAC will consolidate over 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 approximately 5.3 million square foot facility will be built in an area bordered by Aviation Boulevard on the west, Arbor Vitae Street to the north, La Cienega Boulevard on the east, and the new 98th Street extension to the south. 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.
This team has proposed a more compact structure, which allows for a smaller footprint, increasing available area for future LAWA development, and shortens the walking distance for customers renting cars. The functionality and design of LAGP’s proposal is strongly supported by rental car company representatives and will accommodate changes in market share of rental car companies.
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.
Collectively, the LAGP team has extensive experience designing, building and operating nearly 30 ConRACs domestically and internationally, including the Atlanta-Hartsfield RAC facility, the Boston Logan CONRAC, and the Nashville International Airport RAC facility. LAGP team members also have a history of involvement in large-scale infrastructure projects in Los Angeles and around the country.
These projects have helped drive economic development and deliver integral benefits to the local communities. LAGP has committed to partner with LAWA in developing opportunities for local small businesses, creation of good-paying career jobs and fostering economic growth.
The CONRAC will be built using a public-private partnership contracting model. LAGP will be designing and constructing the facility and will also be responsible for operating and maintaining it for a 28-year period. The APM system is also being built with this contracting model.
The CONRAC is a major component of the Landside Access Modernization Program, which also includes the APM system, Intermodal Transportation Facility — West, and associated roadway improvements.