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Miami Intermodal Center Rental Car Facility

Miami, Florida

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Landside Infrastructure

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Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Photo Credit: Miami-Dade Aviation Department

As part of the design team for the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CRC) for the Miami Intermodal Center at Miami International Airport, the firm was responsible for the design of HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, electrical power and control systems as well as the specialty services for automobile servicing. The CRC is a 4,000,000 sq ft. four-story garage which includes the Customer Service Lobby on the fourth floor, the Ready/Return areas, and vehicle storage areas. The CRC’s ultimate capacity is 6,500 cars. The area of each floor is equal to about four football fields. The Quick Turnaround Facility (QTA) is a three-story building connected to the CRC by ramps that house the car cleaning and servicing functions in addition to the utility services. Each level has servicing lanes where cars are fueled, washed and serviced. The design can accommodate 40 fueling islands and 15 car washing units per each of the three floors.

Project Highlights:

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection System Design for Rental Car Facility
  • Quick Turnaround Facility including fuel, oil and washer fluid dispensing facilities for rental cars.
  • Vapor Monitoring System
  • Fuel Management System

The CRC and QTA are fully sprinkled and the QTA is equipped with special foam fire fighting systems at the fuel islands. UV/IR and heat detectors were installed at each fuel island to detect a fire at the fuel island and initiate the foam release. An extension fire alarm system was designed to stop the flow of fuel in the event of a fire alarm. Emergency fuel shut-off stations were located on and adjacent to the fueling islands. The mechanical ventilation system is also interlocked with the fuel system so fueling could only occur when the ventilation system was in use. A special drainage system was also designed to remove fuel discharges quickly from the fueling islands and contain them. The large floor areas required high volume fans to provide the needed air exchanges required to remove fumes. Design for the air conditioning system and ventilation for the customer service lobby and all ancillary car rental company offices were also included in the project scope. The power, control and data services were also designed by the firm.

The specialty services for automobile servicing for the QTA included gasoline dispensing system, central lube oil dispensing system, central window washer fluid dispensing system and vacuum and compressed air central systems. A reverse osmosis wash water reclaim system was also designed to reclaim car wash water. Four 45,000 gallon underground double wall fuel storage tanks were specified to supply the 60 dispensers (120 fueling positions). Each tank is equipped with a 300 GPM vertical turbine pump to supply the double hose fuel dispensers. The piping was designed as double wall carbon steel with a cable style leak detection system monitoring the interstitial space, the dispenser sumps and the valve box sumps. A vapor monitoring system was also designed to monitor the vapor space of the concrete fuel trench which houses the double wall pipe. A fuel management system was also specified based on an existing manufactures software package, modified to accommodate the large number of dispensers and users.