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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2008 awards



Entry number: B08058
Project Name: Consolidated Car Rental Facility
Building Type: Transportation
Completion Date: March 2007
Architect: SH Architecture
Building Location: 7135 Gilespie St., Las Vegas, NV 89119

Design Team:
Electrical Engineer: Harris Engineers
Landscape Architect: BWA Landscape Architect
General Contractor: PCL
Structural Engineer: Mendenhall Smith Structural Engineers
Photographer: Opulence Studios

Statement of Design Approach:
The column free fan shaped interior gives a sense of volume and airiness while permitting natural daylight. It's crescent shaped structure lines and elevated wings suggest a bird in flight while symbolically referencing the neighboring airport.

The DOA Consolidated Rent-a-Car Facility was designed to house all of the rental companies serving McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The main building contains of all the customer drop-off and individual rental company service counters. Customers flow from the rental counter areas to the three deck parking and staging facility to retrieve vehicles. Beyond the parking structure are the individual service facilities which include fueling, wash bays and repair bays. The facility is a major tourist portal to Las Vegas and was designed to promote the image of travel and the airport. The naturally daylit lobby has a wing shaped roof clad in metal panels to evoke the aviation theme and the metal clad porte-cochere further emphasizes the wing and aviation concept.

General Information

  • 131 Square feet customer service building on 2 levels
  • 10 Rental car companies with regional office space
  • 1.7 Million square foot of garage space on 3 levels
  • 10,000 Transactions daily
  • Wash bays and light maintenance on the ground level

Design Information

  • Natural Daylight from clerestory windows and skylights integrated with artificial florescent lighting
  • Vehicle wash bay cleans and recirculates dirty water
  • Roofing consists of light-colored material to reduce the heat island effect
  • Light-colored concrete pavement reflects sunlight
  • Drought tolerant, native landscape
  • Vehicle maintenance fluids are captured and reused
  • Facility is part of the Public Mass Transit system and is also used in conjunction with public park-n-ride program
  • Facility increased the efficiency of transporting customers to car rental locations by consolidating all into one (almost 2/3rds less trips)




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Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos

These images are low-resolution reproductions of the images provided for the AIA Nevada Design Awards. All materials should be considered copyrighted and may not be reproduced or used without permission.

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