For Immediate Release
December 12, 2023
Director of Communications, LAX Development Projects
Los Angeles World Airports
A New Award from U.S. Green Business Council–Los Angeles Recognizes the ConRAC’s Energy and Operational Carbon Design Merit
LAWA’s Deputy Executive Director for Shared Services, Crystal Lee, accepts USGBC-LA’s Energy and Operational Carbon Design Merit award for LAX’s ConRAC Facility alongside members of the project team. Photo by Ling Luo. Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports and U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles.
(Los Angeles) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)’s Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility has been recognized with an Energy and Operational Carbon Design Merit award from the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA). The achievement follows recent news of the project receiving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold v4 certification from USGBC’s national assembly. The newest honor adds to a list of design, sustainability and finance distinctions that the ConRAC facility has begun collecting in anticipation of its opening in 2024.
“The U.S. Green Building Council is a global leader in sustainable building design, consistently setting the bar for best practices. To have Council’s national and local chapters recognize LAX’s ConRAC facility with distinctions is incredibly significant and demonstrates that our mission to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability across LAWA is having real positive impact,” said Bea Hsu, Interim Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “I am grateful to LAWA’s staff and our project partners, as well as the rental car tenants who will soon call the ConRAC facility home, for their role in helping to realize this thoughtfully designed and resilient project.”
LAX’s ConRAC facility is an integral part of the airport’s historic multi-billion-dollar Landside Access Modernization Program. By relocating rental car companies into one convenient location adjacent to the 405 freeway – as well as providing a direct connection to LAX’s Automated People Mover (APM) train system – the ConRAC will eliminate the approximately 3,200 daily shuttle trips, alleviating traffic congestion on local streets and around the airport’s Central Terminal Area. The facility also features a Quick Turn Around (QTA) building, which allows for the light maintenance of vehicles like car washing, oil changes and tire rotation. The QTA building further helps to alleviate traffic congestion by keeping car care within the complex.
Through a 4.8-megawatt photovoltaic solar panel array that is integrated into the ConRAC’s façades, roofs and parking canopies 8,400 megawatt hours of electricity are produced annually. This power is sent directly to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) via the department’s Feed in Tariff (FiT) program. Additionally, the ConRAC facility achieves an impressive 36% energy use reduction and an operational carbon reduction of 1,220,000 pounds per year solely due to efficiency, with additional carbon savings gained through sustainable electrification measures, reduction of heat island effect and alternative transportation options. The ConRAC facility’s native and drought-tolerant landscape and reclaimed water usage system also contribute to the project’s environmentally-minded design.
Additional energy efficiency and carbon footprint reductions are achieved through:
- The building’s envelope design that reduces cooling loads;
- An HVAC system that minimizes wasted energy;
- High-efficiency lighting and a unique control system that was invented specifically for the ConRAC that eliminates miles of wire, plastic and other materials;
- And a cleaner grid in the site area that allows for an all-electric project, significantly reducing operational carbon.
To realize its vision for the project, LAWA coordinated efforts with LAX ConRAC Partners (LAXCP), the project’s design, build, finance, operate and maintain (DBFOM) consortium. Working together they have positively impacted the local community by operating sustainably and balancing economic, social and environmental responsibilities. To date, the project has created more than 5,000 jobs and $200 million in wages for the local workforce.
“Close collaboration between Los Angeles World Airports and the LAX ConRAC Partners team enabled the public-private partnership to not only deliver the largest ConRAC facility in the world but to exceed our sustainability targets and positively impact the community, economy and environment,” said Karl Schaefer, LAX ConRAC Project Executive, Fengate.
Utility and roadway improvements surrounding the complex and tenant interior fit-outs are currently underway at the facility, with project completion planned for 2024. Interested parties can learn more about LAX’s campus-wide transformation and subscribe for project updates at bit.ly/LAX-Transformation.
Rendering of LAX’s ConRAC facility. Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.
Developer: Fengate Asset Management and PCL Investments USA, LLC
Design-Build Contractor: PCL Construction Services Inc.
Designer of Record: PGAL, Inc. and AC Martin Partners
Operation and Maintenance Provider: Johnson Controls, Inc.
Quick Turn Around Manager: MVI Field Services, LLC
Structural Engineer: Englekirk and IDS Group
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and PacRim Engineering, Inc.
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. and South Coast Eng. Group, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineer: Geotechnical Professionals Inc. (GPI)
Sustainability Consultant: ZC Sustainability (ZCS)
IT, Communications and Security: Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Quick Turnaround Area (QTA) Systems: Robert & Company
Wayfinding: Selbert Perkins Designs
Landscape: RELM Studio
Lighting Design: Lighting Design Alliance, Inc.
Vertical Transportation: Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Quality Assurance: EQLaunch
Code Compliance: Jensen Hughes
Fire Protection: Cosco Fire Protection
Commissioning: P2S Inc.
A PDF of this press release and high-resolution images are available to download here: bit.ly/LAX-ConRAC-USGBC-LA. Credit all assets as “Courtesy Los Angeles World Airports.”
LAX, the sixth-busiest airport in the world serving nearly 66 million guests in 2022, is owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary, revenue-generating department of the City of Los Angeles that also governs Van Nuys Airport (VNY). As the international gateway to the Southern California region, LAX and its partners are dedicated to meeting global airport standards for customer satisfaction, safety, regional economic leadership, organizational performance and sustainability.
To better serve the millions of domestic and international guests that travel through LAX each year, the airport is undergoing a multi-billion-dollar capital improvement program to modernize its entire campus. Initiatives underway include an Automated People Mover, a Consolidated Rental Car Facility and two projects that will each add over one million square feet to the airport's existing property: Terminal 9 and Concourse 0. For more information about LAX, its transformation and its environmental, social and local workforce commitments, please visit flylax.com. Follow LAX on X (formally Twitter), Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.
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