b'46 CMHPASSENGER TRANSPORT New Rental Car Center at Columbus IntlImproves Experience for Passengers,Rental Companies BY KEN WYSOCKYFACTS&FIGURESIn one fell swoop, John GlennAs facilities age, you have to start investing Project: Consolidated Rental Car Center Columbus International Airportin them. And if you have to spend a lot of (CMH) in Ohio made it easiermoney doing that, you can put yourself in a Location: John Glenn Columbus (OH) Intl Airport for travelers to pick up/return rental cars,difficult position.Size: 3 stories; 900,000 sq. ft. improved efficiency for rental companies andAs a result, CMH has hired Gensler, Features: Lobby that houses 9 rental cargained 1,700 parking spaces.an architect, design and planning firm, to companies; 3 quick-turnaround areas with 9 carHow did it achieve this operational trifecta?develop a conceptual design for the airport wash stations & 6 maintenance/repair bays; wash & charging facilities for electric shuttle buses;By building a new $134 million rental carauthoritys board of directors consideration. infrastructure to support future charging stations forcenter that was funded by customer facilityThere are lots of considerations, but we electric vehicles charges instituted back in 2007. continue to do our workshould the board Facility Cost: $134 million The three-story,of directors decide to move forward, says Funding: Customer facility charges 900,000-square-footNardone. Construction: Spring 2019 - Sept. 2021 facility that opened Prime Architect: TranSystems last fall is the largestMore Space for Parkinginfrastructure projectLast year, CMH served 5.8 million passengers. Secondary Architect: Moody Nolan in airport history, saysThe airports previous rental car facility, which General Contractor: Turner Construction Co. Joseph R. Nardone,was located in a parking deck close to the Shuttle Service: 3 electric buses president and chiefJOSEPH R. NARDONE terminal, had become dated and inadequate Bus Manufacturer: New Flyer executive officer of thefor its current needs.Cost: About $1 million each Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Moving rental operations to a nearly Key Project Benefits: Freed up 1,700 spots inIt is also considered an enabling project for22-acre parcel of land about one-half mile parking deck formerly occupied by previous rentala proposed new terminal.from the terminal allowed CMH to repurpose car facility; faster, easier car rentals & returns;Its time for a replacement, Nardonepremium space formerly occupied by the more efficient rental operations; designed/located toold rental facility. In doing so, it gained accommodate proposed new terminal says of the airports existing 1958 terminal. September 2022AirportImprovement.com'