Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) at Bob Hope Airport

2627 Hollywood Way, Burbank
Burbank, CA 91505


Location: Burbank, CA
Size: 7 levels, 1200 spaces
Cost:  $72,683,000
Completion Date: 2014



The 520,000-square-foot center at Hollywood Way and Empire Avenue was built to withstand a major earthquake while serving as an emergency “nerve center.” Project includes more than 1,000 parking spaces 11 car rental companies, four times the airport’s former volume. Project also features an 1,100-foot elevated walkway that shuttles passengers along a covered moving sidewalk to the front of the Bob Hope Airport Terminal.

Consolidated Rental Car Facility – This 520,000 square foot structure offers passengers 11 rental car brands (Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Midway, Payless and Thrifty) in one location. This three-level facility will provide rental cars easy access ready return space, quick turn-around maintenance bays, fueling and car wash capabilities on each level, as well as a customer service building. A Bus Transit Facility  accommodates local and regional transit vehicles. The open air design architectural feature of the structure is complemented by 16 three-story art panels which enhances the passers-by experience.

Elevated Walkway – This 19-foot high covered elevated walkway  connects the RITC and the Airport terminal with moving sidewalks that span 1,100 feet and allows safe and efficient transport of airport passengers to the terminal and a future ground transport center where off-airport shuttles offer service to public transportation facilities.


Architect/Parking Engineer: PGAL

General Contractor/Builder: McCarthy

Installer: Alcal

Expansion Joint Systems: 

Products Specified: WBO Safetyflex SFP, WBO Seismic Safetyflex, Custom Fabricted Expansion Joint Systems

The Burbank Regional Intermodal Transportation Center (RITC) at Bob Hope Airport was built to withstand a major earthquake while serving as an emergency “nerve center”. As a result, Watson Bowman was called on to provide not only supply conventional expansion joint systems, but also custom expansion joint assemblies that spanned in some instances 7 – 10 ft.  These custom fabricated plates and attachment materials have never been furnished in California and are considered some of the largest pedestrian friendly expansion joint systems in the Western United States.

Watson Bowman also furnished their Seismic Safetyflex products at primary drive ramps and one-of-kind elevator moat separation plates.

Located in one of the hottest earthquake zones in the State, The parking structure and pedestrian bridge was built to withstand a 2,500-year earthquake. The building itself will become the nerve center for rescue agencies from across the nation.

Watson Bowman is proud to be part of such an important project that could potentially save thousands and thousands of lives in the event of a substantial earthquake or emergency.

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