MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - Intermodal Car Rental Center

To serve the traveling public in an efficient manner, the Florida Department of Transportation decided to consolidate all rental car agencies serving the Miami International Airport under one roof, the first facility of its kind in Miami.

Heery/Sequeira & Gavarrete, Inc. was retained as architect of record to provide architecture, overall A/E coordination, and construction administration services for the new $365 million Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) Rental Car Center (RCC), the first facility of its kind in Miami. Balancing the RCC’s technical purpose, its role as a gateway, and community context, the design team incorporated transparency and translucency through the use of metal screening devices in the stairs that also help reduce its mammoth scale. The screen system affords an elegant solution to a utilitarian structure and makes a gesture to Miami’s recognizable features of natural light and openness

The project presented a number of technical and design challenges, owing to the size and function of the facility. Air on each floor must be exhausted continuously to achieve six air changes per hour and is accomplished with more than 35 large exhaust fans located throughout the facility. The center offers passengers one location with rapid transportation to and from the airport and provides convenient access and connects to various transportation systems. A “gateway” to South Florida, the Rental Car Center is one of the signature structures and serves approximately 150,000 commuters and travelers each day.

 Key components include:

  • Parking for 6,500 vehicles allocated for rental car companies; four level covers 830,000 SF, the equivalent of 20 acres per floor
  • Space for 16 car rental companies
  • Second largest facility of its kind in U.S.
  • Three major building elements: the Ready Return; the Quick Turnaround Area that includes 120 fuel positions, 42 wash bays, and 180,000 gallons of fuel on site; and the Customer Service Lobby
  • The first multi-level fueling facility in the U.S., with capacity to fuel and wash up to 300 vehicles per hour and 7,200 per day
  • Two three-story, full-height glass screen wall systems at the north and south ramps that serve as monumental visual icons for the facility
  • Extensive use of lush landscaping with a tropical feeling
  • Incorporation of eight major “arborescent” (tree-like) columns in the Customer Service Lobby that carries a 3-dimensional space frame system with clerestory windows
  • A monumental open space plan while maintaining structural lightness that brings natural light to the main lobby




Miami, FL


3.4 million SF


2010, APA Florida Gold Coast, Award of Excellence - Innovation for Sustaining Places 2010, Building America Network, Gold Medal Winner, Miami Intermodal Center - Rental Car Center 2011, Parsons Brinckerhoff - 2010 Project of the Year - Category B: Projects between $5 - $20M in Gross Revenue, Miami Intermodal Center, Rental Car Center 2011, Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers, Project of the year Award - Category III, Miami Intermodal Center - Rental Care Center