Southern California Small Business Awarded Contract to Build San Ysidro's New Pedestrian Facility
September 23, 2014
SAN DIEGO – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the agency has awarded a design-build (D-B) contract to Halbert Construction Company, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business for the construction of a new pedestrian facility at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in San Diego, Calif. As part of the port’s ongoing modernization and expansion project, this new facility will conveniently serve the traveling public on the west side of San Ysidro and will increase pedestrian throughput at the port when complete in spring 2016. The West Pedestrian (PedWest) facility represents the largest pedestrian expansion at the San Ysidro port since its construction in the early 1970s. With pedestrian wait times often exceeding three hours, GSA is excited to provide the infrastructure for the additional pedestrian capacity. GSA’s award of the D-B contract to Halbert Construction Company, a small business based in Southern California, reaffirms our commitment to the economic vitality of the San Diego-Tijuana region.
Pacific Rim Regional Administrator says:
“Expanding small business opportunities is one of the agency’s top priorities and our land ports of entry projects play a key role in stimulating the local economy through job creation and the employment of small businesses,” said Ruth Cox, Regional Administrator for GSA’s Pacific Rim Region. “The first phase of this project has created over 1,500 construction jobs and small businesses were awarded more than 55 percent of subcontracts.”
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer weighs in:
“The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is key to the economic health of the San Diego region,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “I’m proud to support the construction of this facility that represents an important link for thousands of people to access jobs and opportunities in the City of San Diego and across the United States.”
Throughout the project, GSA has worked closely with government stakeholders and community leaders to hone the project’s requirements. This plan to improve pedestrian mobility was developed in response to feedback from the local community.
- The PedWest facility will be approximately 22,300 gross square feet
- Includes ten northbound and two reversible southbound pedestrian lanes
- Will house U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol
- PedWest will be located adjacent to and will complement the planned transit center at Virginia Avenue. (The transit center is a collaborative effort between the Federal Government, CalTrans, Federal Highway Administration, City of San Diego and the San Diego Association of Governments.)
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere, currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day. To accommodate that growth and to better meet the changing needs of the tenant agencies and the traveling public, GSA is conducting a complete reconfiguration and expansion of the port.