The management team at San Diego Airport have staged an official ceremony to inaugurate a dedicated car hire centre. The 185,000-metre² centre is close to the northern boundary of the California airport and collectively has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 rental vehicles.
It has booths and service offices for a maximum of 19 car hire suppliers. A spokesperson for the airport says 14 rental companies have moved into the dedicated centre already. Other features of the service centre are a centralised customer services complex, a car-preparation zone, a holding park for returns and pickups, and a large vehicle storage park.
The construction of the facility was managed by a partnership team of Sundt Construction and Austin Commercial. It was built at a cost of US$316 million (£226 million) and the vice-president of Sundt says it is the biggest such facility on the whole western seaboard of the US.
Jon Wald continued by saying it had been an edifying experience to collaborate with the authorities on improving passenger facilities at one of the finest airports in the US. He also praised his own team by saying they had achieved the impossible by pouring 9,300-metres³ of cement on a 24-acre lot inside 12 months.
Architects at Demattei-Wong designed the complex. Airport executive committee chairperson Robert Gleason says that every time he catches sight of it, he sees a masterpiece that offers an all-in-one car hire service. He said the centre utilised space to the optimum and was a perfect complement to the remainder of the 661-acre gateway to Southern California.