Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport’s (CVG) Consolidated Rental Car facility is now open. THP provided parking consulting and structural engineering for the $180 million facility. Our team collaborated with the architect to blend the new facility into existing CVG facilities, assisting with the layout of entry/exit plazas for the airport’s public parking garage.

The project consolidated rental car activities and placed them closer to the airport for increased functionality and ease of use. Travelers no longer step outside or use a shuttle to reach the rental facility, and they can easily shop for a car if they do not have a reservation. Rental car companies now share a single back-of-house facility for efficient operations and better logistics.

THP’s knowledge of the local landscape benefitted the out-of-town architectural team beyond the information we had of existing structures on site. Knowledge of local contractors’ specialties contributed to the decision to use cast-in-place instead of precast design. Being local also enabled our team to visit the site often for quality assurance during construction and to assess tying the new garage into existing airport facilities.

THP’s knowledge of garage design helped the architects determine entry/exit locations, traffic flow, bay heights, helix locations, and floor heights. We also contributed experience beyond layout design, such as where to locate fueling and fluid storage, and knowledge of the local weather with salt and corrosion considerations. Our designers also educated the team and the owner about designing a car wash system and operating it in the cold winter months.

The project also consists of a Ready Return Facility, a Quick Turn-Around Facility, and a Customer Service Building, two Helix Ramps, and a Switchback Ramp and Bridges:

THP’s scope also included:

  • Assistance with vehicular and pedestrian circulations
  • Garage drainage
  • Column grid layout
  • Ramp and helix layout
  • Queuing analysis
  • Expansion joint layout
  • Durability analysis
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