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Fort Lauderdale Intl Airport

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Fort Lauderdale Intl Airport

Location: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

Owner: Broward County Aviation Department

Services: Building Commissioning

Architect: Spillis Candela DMJM

Contractor: Cummings/Centex Rooney


The Spinnaker Group was contracted by Broward County through Program Manager URS to provide complete Building Commissioning Services at the new Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Fort Lauderdale Airport. The $140 million Consolidated Car Rental Facility represents the largest construction management contract ever awarded in the county’s history.

Gary Glenewinkel, executive vice president and COO of Centex Rooney Construction Co., calls the project “a landmark parking garage,” and indeed it is. Designed by Spillis Candela DMJM, the seven-story, cast-in-place concrete parking garage and car rental facility totals approximately 3.5 million sq. ft., featuring 150,000 sq. ft. of lobby and customer service areas for use by the car rental companies serving the airport. This garage consolidates all of FLL’s rental car operations in a single location and provides additional public parking. The first floor of the garage includes approximately 130 fuel dispensers, 150,000 gallons of fuel-storage capacity, several car washes and vehicle maintenance areas. The facility also features 14 elevators and six sets of escalators.

Although commissioning was not originally planned for the facility, URS, the Program Manager, realized the complexity of facility with over 130 fuel pumps on its ground floor would require a very structured approach in regards to the life safety requirements. The design incorporates one of the largest linear heat detection systems ever used to protect the first floor fueling area. A multi-zone foam deluge system serves as the main fire protection system for the area. Tim Gallagher of URS summed up the complexity when he said “There is not another facility like this in the United States. Working with the Fire Marshall we realized that we would probably be used as a case study for new NFPA guidelines. The current guidelines for fire protection would classify this as an aircraft hanger. The challenges in commissioning this facility lie in the interaction of all the systems. If one of over 100 fans does not operate, the entire fueling system for over 10 car rental agencies shuts down”

The Spinnaker Group commissioned all systems in the facility including Life Safety, Building Automation, HVAC, Fueling Systems, Smoke Removal and Pressurization, Electrical and all communication systems.