Eight companies entered the competition to build San Antonio’s first airport CONRAC (consolidated rental car facility). New York-based Turner Construction Co. scored 90.5 points out of 100 for its proposal and was selected the winner by the city council. This facility will bring the International Airport one step closer to the standards of the big-city airfields.
Currently, rental car companies are scattered around the airport, and travelers have to use a shuttle service to get to them. The CONRAC will put all companies in a single structure with a customer service and ticketing zone, along with a ready/return area and such amenities as fueling and washing areas. The plan makes the car facility easy to get to from the existing A and B terminals, but also from the future Terminal C, Mayor Julian Castro reported to My San Antonio.
“These things usually work well, particularly those that are close to the airport,” Castro said, sure of the success of the project. His opinion was shared by Frank Miller, the director of aviation, who agreed that CONRAC will be a real help for San Antonio visitors, making traveling easier. “It places the CONRAC across from the terminal buildings, eliminates the need for a shuttle operation, and vastly improves the customer service level we have at the airport,” he said.
Funds for the project come from a daily tax of $4.50 per contract day on cars rented from the airport facilities since March 2012. A “not to exceed” development price has been set at $105 million, and the facility is expected to be completed by January 2017.
Turner Construction Co. was founded in 1902 and became a leading industry proponent of the transformational construction tool and process, with more than $30 billion in building information modeling.
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