Region 9 embraces new sustainable construction material at San Ysidro LPOE
By Javier Fernandez
One of the ways GSA invests in the future is by employing some of the most sustainable and innovative technologies available. A recent example can be found at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, where a major renovation is underway.
In early July, a roof made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) went up over the secondary inspection area of the port. The material, a polymer used in place of glass or plastic, was most famously used to construct the shell of the Beijing National Aquatics Center (aka “Water Cube”), where the swimming events of the 2008 Summer Olympics took place.
The highly durable material is gaining traction in the architectural world; it is highly resistant to corrosion, easy to maintain, and recyclable. The 53,000-square-foot ETFE roof is a smart solution for the San Ysidro port. It is able to withstand Southern California’s high temperatures and is translucent. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who work under the ETFE structure will be able to conduct vehicle inspections during the day with minimal reliance on artificial lighting.
This modern feature contributes to GSA’s commitment to making the new port at San Ysidro a state-of-the-art, green facility that facilitates safe and efficient travel for the travelling public.