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October 26, 2017
Reception & Ceremony
The US Grant
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San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center

Please read here, a response from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority about this Onion nomination. The SDAF Board of Directors would like to thank the Airport Authority for providing a thorough and thoughtful response to this nomination.


$240,056,392 behemoth stands ominously if the foreground of America’s Finest.  The white angled walls are at a perfect pitch to perfectly collect soot from the freeway…could this have been intentional.  Surely any designer would have considered this before dropping this one next to our waterfront?  The soot is already collecting…

BTW, recently they decided the structure wasn’t bad enough, they had to paint scales on it.  Aagh!

  • Onion Nominee

  • Project Address:

    2778-2876 N Harbor Dr, San Diego

    Project Owner/Developer:

    The Airport Authority

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Kimberly J. Becker, President/CEO of San Diego County Regional Airport Authority


  • Mark Viguri

    Great looking building, perfect in form and scale tucked against highway 5 and the Pacific Coast Highway overpass on the east side of the airport. The building frees up bay front property by moving the rental cars here. The comments above sure sound like sour grapes instead of a real critic of architecture. Maybe we should upgrade the jury for next year, stay classy San Diego.

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