Project Update: May | June 2015

This southeast view from April 15 shows the ABIA Consolidated Rental Car Facility nearing completion as the project team prepares for punch lists.


All crews are making a hard push to complete their scopes of work in preparation for punch lists. Permanent power was made available from Austin Energy on the last week of April and early May, which was a very important step in getting all the various systems started up and tested. 

Since power was established, crews have been hard at work getting the power distributed through the building safely and swiftly. The month of May consisted of finishing the base contract scope of work and ramping up all Tenant Improvement (TI) activities. 

Young and Pratt, the plumbing and HVAC subcontractor, has been starting up their various systems in anticipation of functional tests where the manufacturer’s representatives for the equipment will come out and ensure all systems are functioning as intended.

Schmidt Electric, the project electrician, has been starting up all electrical panels throughout the project this past month. As panels become live, any trouble shooting is being done to ensure all systems are working properly.  Schmidt’s fire alarm contractor has also started the testing of fire alarm systems.

Patriot Erectors, the steel subcontractor, has installed the screens around the project site including the west side and the open stairwells. 

Marek Brothers, the drywall subcontractor, has completed the installation of all ceiling soffits throughout the project. Marek is now concentrating on soffit framing for the pedestrian walkway canopy. The pedestrian walkway canopy will cover customers from the terminal to the Consolidated Rental Car Facility. 

Avery’s Lawn Care, the landscape and irrigation subcontractor has also made further progress with restoring the landscape spine on the west side of the building.

Holt Engineering is maintaining an onsite presence providing testing for work being performed. Holt has also performed observations in accordance with the city requirements for special inspections such as steel erection installation, fireproofing and toll booth installation.

This pedestrian walkway canopy will cover customers from the terminal to the Consolidated Rental Car Facility.

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 pathway will be enhanced with dramatic artwork by Michael Singer, commissioned through the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program.


This photo from April 13 shows workers completing panel installation of the Customer Service Building (CSB) canopy.

Car wash bays have been outfitted with equipment including blowers, shown here on April 21.


Groundbreaking: Spring 2013
Exit Plaza Switchover: Summer 2013
First concrete pour (piers): Fall 2013
Topping Out: Fall 2014
Opening Date: October 1, 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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