PHL Consolidated Rental Car Facility (ConRAC)
Arora is part of the team selected by the City of Philadelphia to lead the $6.4 billion Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Global Program Partners, a joint venture formed by CH2M Hill, Delon Hampton & Associates, and CMTS, manages the CEP. When complete, the CEP is expected to transform PHL into an uber-modern facility.
As part of the 15-year undertaking, the Team is providing a preliminary study and subsequent report for the development of a Consolidated Rental Car Facility to service the Airport. The PHL ConRAC is a seven level, 5,340,000 square foot structure whose insertion into the existing airport infrastructure requires significant changes to its roadway network and utilities. This multi-use and multi-tenant building will house the following functions:
- Ground Level – access to Ground Transportation, the Automated People Mover system, through traffic and exiting traffic from the public garages
- 2nd Level – Customer Service Building (the primary facility portal where consumers interact with rental car providers), the display and servicing of 1,425 rental vehicles
- 3rd and 4th Level – the display and servicing of 3,000 rental vehicles
- 5th and 6th Level – Public Parking for 3,680 vehicles for the Philadelphia Parking Authority
- 7th Level – Either Public Parking for 1,840 vehicles or rental vehicle backlog storage of 2,900 vehicles
Arora provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, special systems, fire/life safety, and code analysis consulting services. In addition, Arora consolidated existing and diverse utility information; forecasted utility loads and telecom needs; reviewed existing documentation; visually verified above ground appurtenances; collected data; developed a cost estimate (ROM) for engineering systems and utility relocation; and designed conceptual systems. Arora analyzed the existing utilities at PHL and the potential upgrades necessary to service the ConRAC. The result of this 4-month task was a comprehensive design report that provided an overall utility assessment of the existing PHL systems and their capacity to adequately support the additional demands of the ConRAC and its other enabled projects.