With a $316 million budget and 97,500 cubic yards of concrete, the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center became the largest concrete building in the city. Austin-Sundt, a joint venture between Austin Commercial and Sundt Construction Inc., placed 3,000 cubic yards of concrete, 140 tons of rebar and post-tensioned cables, 40 columns, and about 50,000 square feet of elevated deck per week. The 2 million-square-foot structure will house 12 rental car companies, a customer service building, a quick-turn-around car prep facility, and a 5,000-car ready/return area. The crew completed the expedited concrete frame schedule in 12 months. “Attitude is everything in projects like this. We had a winning attitude, so ultimately we won,” says John Foster, director of field operations of Sundt Construction Inc.

The rental car facility includes 2,800 concrete piles supporting the building foundation, 25 million pounds of rebar, 1.5 million square feet of formwork, and 956 precast panels forming the building skin.

Consolidated rental car facilities like this eliminate the need for individual rental agency shuttles, which cuts down on traffic and pollution. They free up space that can be repurposed, which is a huge benefit to airports. Also, they save space by having rental agencies share facilities, such as car wash stations. The airport’s long-term goal is to reduce traffic congestion and bring passengers closer to Interstate 5 and commuter rail lines.

The project was completed on Dec. 31, 2015.