About 100 elected officials from around San Diego took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for Lindbergh Field’s Rental Car Center.

The $316 million center is touted as an environmentally correct project. The consolidation of rental services will cut down on the number of shuttles moving customers from nearby car rental agencies.

Funding for the construction comes from customer facility charges attached to all car rental bills, and are remitted to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the government agency that operates Lindbergh Field.

Besides the 2-million-square-foot auto rental center, the airport is also building a new, fixed-base operator complex serving private aircraft, along with roadway improvements. Earlier this year, the airport completed a $1 billion Green Build expansion and improvement project at Terminal 2.

The new Rental Car Center is being built by a joint venture of Austin/Sundt. Designers are Demattei Wong Architecture. The project is expected to be completed by early 2016, airport officials said.

— Mike Allen