The overall landscape theme of the Rental Car Center is reflective of the identity of San Diego, its unique location and significant natural and man-made features. The landscape also reflects the idea of movement, movement which is indicative of travel as well as the surrounding natural systems of wind and water.
Sustainability was a key landscape goal of the project. The Rental Car Center was designed and built with sustainable strategies to achieve LEED certification. Water efficiency is achieved through the use of infiltration at planting areas, bio-swales and other grading techniques to capture and clean on-site water resources. Trees are used to provide shade in the parking lots and throughout hardscape areas to reduce the heat island affect. Plant material selection was based on climate, minimal maintenance and low water use.
The site is unique in that the landscape is read from ground level as well as from the air. A variety of palm trees provide identity to the site and visual interest on the vertical plane. The ground plane design represents the idea of movement through the use of plant material (form, texture and color) various color boulders, cobble and decorative rock and enhanced pedestrian paving. Plant material chosen for the site is climate and site appropriate, drought tolerant and low maintenance. Color and texture of the plant material helps continue the theme of movement and representational impressions of the San Diego region. Date palms lining the interior roads and feature trees throughout the site are up-lit to enhance the project at night.