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April 19, 2012

A Special Section of


"The biggest building you may never use"
Port of Seattle

"Rental car facility runs smoothly, with consultants’ help"
Shen Consulting

"MEP systems designed to fit big spaces"
Harris Group

"Moving sustainability forward at Sea-Tac Airport"
Turner Construction

"Structural design lends flexibility to rental car firms"
KPFF Consulting Engineers

"Art adds color to massive concrete structure"
Port of Seattle

"Design drives rental car facility"
Walker Parking Consultants

Consolidated Rental Car Facility

Photo by Don Wilson/Port of Seattle
“Veiled Carbon” by Buster Simpson is one of several art pieces found at the Port of Seattle’s Consolidated Rental Car Facility. Simpson’s work functions like a theatrical scrim to shroud the facility’s two helical ramps.


On International Boulevard, at the southwest corner of the intersection with state Route 518


• Five–level facility over 23 acres; about 2.1 million square feet including quick turnaround facilities

• Capacity is 5,400 vehicles; will free up about 3,200 parking spaces at the airport’s garage

• Four operation floors for rental car companies; space for quick turnaround facilities; bus plaza, employee parking and Customer Service Building on the top floor

• Off-site bus maintenance facility


Bus passengers load and unload under a covered entry.

Start: June 2008

Suspension/ construction restart: December 2008-July 2009

Off-road improvements finished: April 2012

Bus maintenance facility finished: April 2012

RCF opening: May 2012

Construction impact

Small business participation projected at $30 million (17.9 percent of construction cost); 3,900 total construction jobs created


The ceiling in the rental area has a curved shape like an airplane wing.

Total: $419.3 million

RCF: $350.8 million

Bus maintenance facility: $28.3 million

Off-site road improvements: $19.5 million

Main terminal improvements: $3.4 million

Initial bus purchase: $17.3 million

Funding: A $6 fee per rental transaction day


About 3,900 construction jobs were created.

Callison, architect

Turner Construction, general contractor

Walker Parking Consultants, prime design consultant

KPFF Consulting Engineers, structural and civil engineer

Shen Consulting, consultant project manager

Heery International, consultant project manager

CH2M Hill, consultant project manager

Glumac, commissioning agent

Harris Group, mechanical-electrical-plumbing engineer

Demattei Wong Architecture, architect in the field and architect for quick turnaround areas

Blymyer Engineers, mechanical-electrical-plumbing engineer quick turnaround areas

Shannon & Wilson, geotechnical engineer

Hough Beck and Baird, landscape architect

Lerch Bates, vertical circulation

Rolf Jensen and Associates, code analyst/designer

Photo courtesy of Linda Beaumont
Artist Linda Beaumont inspects her work.

Lighting Design Alliance, helix and site lighting designer

Best Construction Control & Layout Services, construction surveyor

Mayes Testing Engineers, testing

Buster Simpson, artist

Linda Beaumont, artist

RCF by the numbers

An off-site bus maintenance facility was part of the project.

• Building site covers 23 acres

• 115,000 cubic yards of concrete poured

• More than 3 million pounds of structural steel used — equivalent in weight to about 195 male African elephants

• 330 miles of post-tension cable used — about the distance from Vancouver, B.C., to Portland

• Six school bus-sized buried fuel tanks, each holding 20,000 gallons of fuel

• Detention vault is the length of a football field

• Four tower cranes used — stacked, they would be 200 feet taller than the Space Needle

Getting to LEED silver

Buses running on compressed natural gas will shuttle customers between the RCF and the airport.

The RCF obtained a silver rating under the LEED New Construction version 2.2 rating system.

There will be two LEED plaques showcased at the north and south elevator cores on level five of the facility.

The RCF was designated the port Aviation Division’s sustainable demonstration project in 2005 during the preliminary engineering phase. The goal was to implement a “total cost of ownership” decision-making framework during design that would positively impact construction and operation of the facility in a non-LEED format.

The project used life-cycle cost analyses as evaluation criterion for major equipment and systems, eco-charrettes, and guiding principles of “right sizing” the facility as strategic measures. A LEED checklist was used as a guideline during the preliminary and final design.

After the 60 percent design submittal, the project team recommended a LEED certified rating (minimum 26 credits).

As the design was completed and construction began, the team realized the project could possibly obtain up to 36 points, exceeding LEED silver certification. It eventually received 34 credits.

Some sustainable features:

• Natural ventilation for the floorplates

• Lowering the Customer Service Building roof by 11 feet reduced the space that needed continuous heating/cooling by about 33 percent

• High-efficiency lighting

• Day-lighting in the Customer Service Building

• Bike racks for employees who commute

• Painting floorplate ceilings white reduced the number of light fixtures

• Forest Stewardship Council certified wood

• Regionally sourced construction materials

• Construction materials with increased recycled content

Currently, the Port of Seattle’s project is the largest RCF in the nation to receive a LEED silver rating. The Santa Barbara Airport RCF, significantly smaller than Seattle’s, obtained a LEED NC 2.2 gold rating in 2010.

Special Section team

Section editors: Benjamin Minnick

Section design: Jeffrey Miller

Web design: Lisa Lannigan

Advertising: Matt Brown


Aspect Consulting

Conco Companies

Miles Sand and Gravel



The Harris Group

Hough Beck & Baird

Reds Fly Shop

Ruby Springs Lodge

Shen Consulting

Star Rentals

Shannon and Wilson

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