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Binational Community Celebrates Start of Calexico West Land Port of Entry Expansion Project
Phase 1 will provide additional vehicular throughput, both northbound and southbound
November 12, 2015
CALEXICO, Calif. – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of Phase 1 of the Calexico West Land Port of Entry (LPOE) modernization and expansion project. Guests from both the U.S. and Mexico joined GSA, CBP, and a number of distinguished guest speakers, including federal, state and local government leaders, in celebrating the start of construction.
- Two Pacific Rim projects named best of 2015
- Child care center expansion doubles capacity
- LA courthouse on track for substantial completion
Two Pacific Rim projects named best of 2015
ENR California's panel of industry judges has selected its Best Project category winners and Award of Merit Honorees from among the 120 construction projects submitted in California and Hawaii for 2015. The Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Honolulu won Best Project in the Government/Public Building category, and the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry received an Award of Merit in the Airport/Transit category. An ENR Best Project Award is considered one of commercial construction’s most prestigious and coveted honors. Engineering News-Record has been published for 140 years to cover news, trends, and investigative reporting indispensable to the architect/engineering/construction industry.
Child care center expansion doubles capacity
Kids by the Bay in San Francisco opened three new classrooms and a new multipurpose room this summer. The expansion doubles the infant and toddler capacity providing much-needed child care spaces for the San Francisco federal community. The building team set the bar high, going from idea to design to construction to occupancy in less than a year.
LA courthouse on track for substantial completion
Substantial completion means that a building is at a point where it can be used for its intended purpose, and for the new U.S. Courthouse under construction in downtown Los Angeles, this point is now only twelve months away. July 1, 2016 is the substantial completion date that was set even before the courthouse was designed, and all construction progress to date is on track to meet that target. The latest milestone was the June 26th placing of the final structural concrete shear wall, a project that began 11 months ago. The Los Angeles Business Council has taken note of the swift progress: Last month, they honored the project at the 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards ceremony with the Under Construction Award. Referred to as the “floating cube,” the 10-story, 600,000-square-foot facility will feature 24 courtrooms and 32 justice chambers.
- GSA unveils transit center concept at San Ysidro community workshop
- Former Administrator meets with Calexico stakeholders
- Mariposa LPOE awarded LEED® Gold
- Commissioner tours Mariposa port of entry
GSA unveils transit center concept at San Ysidro community workshop
On Tuesday, June 2, GSA unveiled the design for the new multimodal transit center on Virginia Avenue at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. The Virginia Avenue Transit Center (VATC) will introduce much-needed public transit access to West San Ysidro and will be a valued asset for the community and traveling public. Located adjacent to the planned pedestrian crossing, the transit center will accommodate buses, taxis, pedicabs and privately owned vehicles for passenger pick up and drop off. Read more >
Former Administrator meets with Calexico stakeholders
Now former GSA Administrator, Dan Tangherlini, recently met with regional stakeholders to discuss infrastructure investments at the Calexico West Land Port of Entry. The fiscal year 2015 budget provided GSA $98 million for Phase 1 of construction for the port, which acts as the main crossing point for the Imperial Valley’s important agriculture industry to the Mexican state of Baja California. The complete reconfiguration and expansion of the port will reduce vehicle and pedestrian traffic wait times and increase Customs and Border Protection’s ability to fulfill their mission. Currently, long wait times at the port equate to billions of dollars in lost revenue each year for the regional economy. Members of the Calexico delegation expressed their excitement for Phase 1 funding and conveyed their optimism for Phase 2 funding.
Mariposa LPOE awarded LEED® Gold
The newly completed Mariposa Land Port of Entry has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council. The $187 million modernization and expansion of one of the nation’s busiest land ports achieved the certification for its use of energy-efficient technologies, including solar-powered domestic hot water, advanced lighting and building automation systems, and a rainwater harvesting system, as well as recycled content material selections and low-maintenance finishes that are used throughout the port's design. These improvements are targeted to reduce the port’s energy usage by over 35%. The Mariposa LPOE serves as the main port of entry for fresh produce entering the United States from Mexico and the primary produce distribution point on the southern border.
Commissioner tours Mariposa port of entry
Public Buildings Service Commissioner Norm Dong and Acting Regional Commissioner Dan Brown visited the agency's field offices in Phoenix and Tucson recently. During his two-day visit, Commissioner Dong toured the newly modernized and expanded Mariposa Land Port of Entry with Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. He saw first-hand how GSA’s project helped improve efficiency, security and safety for officers and the traveling public. The Mariposa LPOE serves as the main port of entry for fresh produce entering the United States from Mexico and is the primary produce distribution point on the southern border.