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Latest News Release

GSA, CBP Announce Change to Northbound Pedestrian Crossing at San Ysidro Port of Entry

June 30, 2016

San Ysidro, Calif. — Today the U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced changes to northbound pedestrian processing at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) beginning in mid-July. On Friday, July 15, 2016 at approximately 12:00 p.m. CBP will begin operations at PedWest, the new pedestrian processing facility on the west side of the port in conjunction with the opening of the new Virginia Avenue Transit Center. In addition, northbound pedestrian processing capacity on the east side of the port will be reduced from 14 lanes to six to accommodate the demolition of the existing pedestrian building and the construction of a new 102,000-square-foot building during GSA’s Phase 2 construction project. This construction will begin in August and is scheduled for completion in the fall 2019.
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News Briefs

John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse wins prestigious architecture award

John M. Roll U.S. CourthouseThe American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) named the John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in Yuma, Arizona, among its 21 recipients of this year's architecture awards. Five jurors deliberated among 250 entries to narrow the list. Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects from Culver City, California, were honored with a 2016 Merit Award for their courthouse design. Their design reinvents traditional elements of courthouse architecture. Its 10,000-square-foot canopy resembles historic ramada structures instead of a portico, for example, and its embedded photovoltaics generate 21 percent of the building’s electricity. The original design-build team was led by Ehrlich Architects and Sundt Construction. The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California.

GSA supports small business matchmaking in Hawaii

Match making eventGSA recently participated in the 14th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum, hosted by the Hawaii Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). This event brought representatives from GSA, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies together to discuss contracting opportunities and provide information to small businesses looking to start or expand their federal contracting opportunities.

GSA representatives participated in a matchmaking event that paired small businesses with government agencies, as well as large and small business representatives, in an effort to answer questions and assist small businesses interested in becoming GSA schedule holders. GSA’s commitment to small businesses is a key priority for the agency and events like this are a way we show our support in local communities.

LA courthouse nears substantial completion

Construction worker inside the U.S. Courthouse in Los AngelesSubstantial 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 weeks away. More blue vests spotted on workers is a sign of finished work. Contractors are installing marble on judges’ benches and terrazzo flooring. Courtrooms are getting chairs and other finishing touches. Punch lists – documents prepared near the end of a construction project indicating incidental damage to existing finishes – are being knocked out. Solar panel installation will be completed in June, and models predict an impressive 46 percent savings in energy costs on this building versus an identical one using traditional systems. Referred to as the “floating cube,” the 10-story, 625,000-square-foot facility will feature 24 courtrooms and 32 justice chambers.

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Border News

GSA, Hensel Phelps hold small business outreach event for Calexico West Land Port of Entry project

Small business outreach event attendeesOn April 26, 2016, a crowd of about 26 subcontractors and suppliers attended a small business outreach event in El Centro to hear about contracting opportunities for the Calexico West Land Port of Entry expansion and modernization project as well as other Hensel Phelps projects. Hosted by GSA and Hensel Phelps, the event sought to encourage local small business to become involved in Phase 1 of the design, bid, build project. This outreach event underscores GSA’s commitment to engage small businesses and meet its small business contracting goals.

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, Arizona, 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.

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 percent. 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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Last Reviewed 2016-03-05