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Project Update: August 2014

Aerial view of the ABIA Consolidated Rental Car Facility south elevation on July 19. 


The project team at the ABIA Consolidated Rental Car Facility achieved several design and construction milestones this month. The project remains within budget and on track to be delivered the fall of 2015.

Design and permitting continue to make significant headway. Austin Commercial received the final building permit approval for the QTA, ready/return, and the pedestrian bridge.  The majority of tenant improvement construction drawings were received at the end of July, with the final submission expected by the end of August. Austin Commercial is working on preliminary pricing of the TI design drawings, with the goal of presenting to the RACs at the end of this month.  Final design changes (if any) and final price proposals will be completed in September. 

Project telecommunications subcontractor, Brycomm, is reviewing the Airport proposal to route 24 of the 72 planned fiber strands from the terminal instead of the IT building, as well as an option to utilize 12 strands that run from the temporary parking management building (PMB) and extend them to the new PMB on ground level on the south end of the QTA.

The project’s construction subcontractors continue to forge ahead as well. To date, over 49,610 cubic yards of concrete material, 4,050 tons of reinforcing steel and over 400 tons of post tensioning tendons have been installed on-site. 

In particular, significant formwork, steel and precast installation, and masonry progress was made in July. United Forming remains on schedule to complete all formwork for level 3 in the area northwest of the ready/return and 50% of formwork southeast of the ready/return at Level 4 by the end of August. Derr and Isbell Construction, architectural precast erector, has finished installation of precast in the QTA as well as the bump out on the north side of the QTA. Meanwhile Patriot Erectors installed the curtain wall support steel for both the west core and the CSB and Brazos Masonry is scheduled to complete the eastern façade of the west core in preparation for the upcoming delivery and installation of the escalators in this area.

The essential QTA systems are taking shape as well. Fueling subcontractor, Unified Services of Texas (UST), has continued installing fuel piping as well as transition sumps.  UST poured the pads for the pumps that will push the fuel to the various dispensers and all fuel tanks are scheduled to be set next month. Belanger, the project car wash equipment vendor and installer, is scheduled to deliver two-thirds of the car wash equipment this month, with the remaining equipment scheduled to arrive by mid September. 

Crews install precast sections for the new parking maintenance building at the south end of the QTA on July 1.
Excavation and grading work continues for the exit ramp abutment wall on July 1.

Project Summary

Air travelers to Austin will soon have access to a new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The $155.5 million project commenced in the spring of 2013 and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.

In addition to the rental car facility, the project will expand public parking at the airport. Covered parking will replace the uncovered parking spaces on lot A, and space on the third floor of the existing garage will be converted to public parking, resulting in an increase of approximately 900 covered short-term spaces. 

Visitors will access the facility from the terminal by a pedestrian walkway to the existing garage and an elevated pedestrian bridge from the garage to the rental car center. The facility will be enhanced with artwork by Michael Singer, commissioned through the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program.

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Pfeffer Development is managing the overall facility design and build-out on behalf of each of the rental car companies, with Austin Commercial as the design-builder and Demattei Wong Architecture providing design services. We provide the rental car companies with a single point of contact and minimize risk of delay in completion of the facility, as well as their tenant improvements in the ready/return area, customer service building (CSB), and quick turnaround areas (QTAs).

This panoramic view shows the ABIA Consolidated Rental Car Facility south elevation on August 11.


Groundbreaking: Spring 2013
Exit Plaza Switchover: Summer 2013
First concrete pour (piers): Fall 2013
Topping Out: Fall 2014
Project Completion: Fall 2015 


•  Located on eastern half of Lot A
•  1.6 million square feet facility
•  Quick Turnaround Areas include:
     - 12 car wash bays
     -  48 fuel/vacuum/window washer
        fluid and air stations
•  Reduction in vehicle exhaust will lower
   carbon dioxide emissions 411.7 tons/yr.



Owner: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Master Lessee: Austin CONRAC, LLC
Developer: Pfeffer Development
Design-Builder: Austin Commercial 
Architect: Demattei Wong Architecture
Facility Users: Ace, Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty

Project Update Provided by:
Pfeffer Development, LLC
Bob O’Neill, PE
Phone: 907.646.4644

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