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GSA Breaks Ground on Mariposa Land Port of Entry

Recovery Act Project to Incorporate State-of-the-Art Green Building Technologies

October 22, 2009
Contact: Gene Gibson, (415) 264-9401
gene.gibson@gsa.gov

NOGALES, Arizona — The U.S. General Services Administration today broke ground on the modernization of the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. The $213 million project, funded primarily by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, includes the demolition and reconstruction of all facilities within the nation’s third-busiest border crossing.

“In addition to improving and modernizing a critical land port, GSA’s project will maximize the use of efficient building technologies and the production of renewable energy,” said Jeff Neely, Acting Regional Administrator for the GSA Pacific Rim Region. “Our goal is to offset up to 20% of the facility’s consumption with solar power produced on-site.”
 
“These Recovery Act dollars are putting people to work today to improve our security, strengthen our economy, and improve the environment for many years to come,” Neely said.

The land port of entry will be built to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its use of energy-efficient technologies, including a solar panel array, solar-powered domestic hot water, and advanced lighting. Construction is expected to be completed in 2014.

The new facility will include a pedestrian and bus passenger processing facility; 12 primary inspection booths; 24 secondary inspection stations for northbound vehicles, eight commercial inspection lanes; 50 commercial inspection docks, six screened and secure inspection docks, administration buildings and approximately 400 new surface parking spaces.

GSA was appropriated $5.5 billion under the Recovery Act to convert federal buildings into high-performance green buildings, and build new, energy-efficient federal buildings, courthouses and land ports of entry. These projects will deliver lasting progress toward modernizing the nation’s infrastructure, reducing the federal government’s consumption of energy and water, and increasing the use of clean and renewable sources of energy.

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