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
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.
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.