With 45 million annual passengers expected to travel through Sea-Tac Airport by 2025, the Port of Seattle constructed a consolidated Rental Car Facility (RCF) to meet the current and future demands of the traveling public. The RCF will support all airport-related rental car operations at one convenient location adjacent to the airport in the City of SeaTac. Construction of the facility supported approximately 3,000 jobs and generated over $25 million in sales tax for the entire program. The five-story, 2.1 million-square-foot, LEED® Silver certified project came in some $20 million under budget.
- Opened May 17, 2012
- Total budget – $419 million, including bus purchase
- The facility includes Quick Turn Around (QTA) facilities, four operating floors (ready/return), with the 5th floor including a Bus Plaza, Customer Service Building and employee parking.
- Can process approximately 12,000 to 14,000 rental cars on a peak day
- A consolidated compressed natural gas (CNG) busing operation shuttling customers bewteen the main terminal and the RCF, saving emissions and traffic congestion.
A Green Facility
20 shuttle buses will be used at peak periods with less than three minute waiting times.
Each of the four operational floors cover 400,000 square feet or 10 acres.
5,400 vehicles can be accommodated or 1,250 per operational floor.
The four quick turn-around (QTA) facilities include 22 car washes, 48 gas pumps, 48 vacuums, plus minor maintenance service and support area.
The QTAs are designed to reclaim, filter and reuse 85% of the water used to wash cars.
The customer service building covers 50,000 square feet
The RCF is LEED® Silver certified, established by the U.S. Green Building Council. This is currently the largest consolidated rental car facility in the nation to be certified Silver by the USGBC, the nation’s preeminent program for high performance green buildings. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for green building certification. Read the press release.
Key attributes include:
Right sizing the areas in the RCF that minimizes areas that require cooling, heating and ventilation to ensure air quality;
Requiring all interior construction to use organic compound paints, sealants, adhesives and carpets;
Implementing a recycling program throughout the facility;
Filtering and reusing 85% of water used to wash vehicles;
Fully treating both construction and RCF storm water to prevent sediment and pollutants from reaching local creeks; and,
Additional Projects - Bus, Roads
Two art projects give dramatic visual enhancement to the RCF. The two exterior helices (circular return and exit ramps) are covered with a stainless steel mesh fabric that is illuminated in multiple random colors by 60 LED lights at night. The project is by local artist Buster Simpson.
At the return shuttle location on the 5th floor, artist Linda Beaumont created “Spinning Our Wheels,” a composition of 91 six-foot tall steel discs in a mesmerizing array of brilliant colors and designs. The wheels create a playful narrative for travelers as they await the shuttle bus back to the terminal.
The project also included off-site road improvements to the local roadway network, including the creation of a direct access on-ramp to eastbound SR-518 and the addition of another lane to the International Blvd. bridge over SR-518 for westbound exiting directly into the RCF. This will reduce the number of vehicles on the airport expressway and the congestion at the airport drives.
City of SeaTac
In addition, a 22,000 square foot bus maintenance facility was constructed south of the airport to support the shuttle bus operation and the Port’s existing employee parking bus system. This site includes six maintenance bays, a CNG fueling station and a wash/cleaning facility.
The port works closely with the City of SeaTac to minimize construction traffic and to design the local roadway improvements in such a way that vehicular traffic to and from the RCF does not interrupt the traffic flow on city streets. Ample landscaping to minimize the visual impact of the RCF has also been incorporated into the design.