PHOTOS: A Status Update On The Consolidated Sea-Tac Rental Car Facility

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We recently had the opportunity to tour the Sea-Tac Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility being constructed on International Boulevard near State Route 518.

The construction project kicked off in June 2008 and will hit a major milestone in February 2012 when construction of the main structure is complete and the contractor — Turner Construction — will turn the facility over so the car rental companies can begin building out their counters and office space.

The public grand opening is expected to happen in April of 2012.

When the new car rental facility is completed, the five-level building will span approximately 2.1 million square feet and accomodate up to 5,400 vehicles. This will free up 3,200 parking spaces in the airport garage as rental car companies move their operations to the new location.

The Port of Seattle is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the facility. To reach this goal the building design includes measures to be sustainable and meet green initiatives. Examples include quick turn-around facilities onsite that feature car washes that capture, filter and reuse 85% of the water used. This includes even small details such as coating garage ceilings with a light, glossy finish to reduce the amount of lighting required.

Besides providing a more efficient way for Sea-Tac passengers to gain access to rental cars, the project is also intended to reduce traffic into and around the airport itself. Changes to ramps to and from SR-518 will streamline the flow of traffic and the introduction of a shared bus service that will transport passengers between the airport and the top level of the car rental facility are all part of the plan.

Photographer Michael Brunk recently joined Port of Seattle Public Affairs Manager Perry Cooper and Senior Inspector Ernie Padua for a behind-the-scenes tour of the construction project and shot the following photos. You can click individual thumbnails to view full-sized photos.

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