Green Light for Consolidated Car Rental Complex at Airport
- Jun 27, 2015
The car rental companies currently scattered around San Antonio International Airport will finally be gathered in one building, across the street from the terminals. After a few years of negotiations, the San Antonio City Council has approved the construction of a $163 million Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) at the airport.
Construction of the 1.5 million-square-foot, seven-story facility connected to the terminals through a pedestrian sky bridge will begin on July 15. The first two floors of the building will house the new short-term garage, while the five top floors will be made available for the 13 rental companies. It is expected to open in March 2018, with the public levels set to open at an earlier date.
To make room for it, the hourly parking garage will be demolished and the green and red lots will be opened to make up for the lost parking. Free shuttle bus service will be provided to and from all of the parking options.
The complex will be funded through a Customer Facility Charge (CFC) paid by individuals renting a vehicle at the airport. The city council approved planning for the project in 2013, with Turner Construction Co. as the winner of the request-for-proposals competition in which eight companies took part. The original development price was set at $105 million, but is now up to $135 million minus the costs of design and financing.
“San Antonio International plays a critical role in our economy. Improvements like this are critical to addressing customer needs and positioning the airport for future success,” said San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor.
Photos courtesy of San Antonio International Airport Facebook Page.