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President’s 2017 Budget Request Includes $248M to Complete Calexico Land Port Modernization Project

February 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Denise Turner Roth announced significant new investments that are a part of the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request. The proposed budget is focused on tackling our nation's greatest challenges by making smart investments in federal infrastructure and includes funding for the Calexico Land Port of Entry in Southern California.  

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News Briefs

‘Okinawa First’ pairs local companies with GSA contract opportunities

Okinawan business ownersGSA was there when more than 200 Okinawan businesspeople attended the fifth annual Okinawa First Business Fair in Uruma, Okinawa, Japan on November 18, 2015. Okinawa First, coordinated and sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Naha, is Okinawa’s version of a small business fair, encouraging more U.S. government business dealings with local Okinawan companies. GSA’s Pacific Rim Region has participated in this event since its inception in 2011 and has provided training to local businesses on several occasions to help promote GSA contract offerings. The business fair is one of a year-round series of “Okinawa First” events that help local companies compete for the U.S. military’s business.

Two Pacific Rim projects named 'best of' 2015

Front of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. CourthouseENR 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.

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Border News

Mariposa land port among year's best American architecture

Mariposa Land Port of Entry 

Photo by Jones Studio, Inc.

The American Institute of Architecture (AIA) has revealed the winners of its 2016 Honor Awards for the year's best American architecture, and the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. is one of 11 projects to be awarded the prestigious honor. Designed by Jones Studio, the reimagined border station was inspired by the poem "Border Lines" by Arizona poet laureate Albert Rios that concludes borders join not separate us. It is one of the United States' busiest land ports for vehicle and commercial truck traffic, where up to 40 percent of produce enters the country. The program honors global projects by U.S.-licensed architects. Selected from roughly 500 submissions, the award recipients were chosen by a jury of architects and academics. The winners will be recognized this May at the AIA's national convention in Philadelphia.

GSA unveils transit center concept at San Ysidro community workshop

San Ysidro community meetingOn 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

Former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini meets with Calexico Land Port of Entry stakeholdersNow 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

Mariposa LPOE at DuskThe 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

Commissioner Dong and Port Director RamirezPublic 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.

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