New Mariposa Land Port to Improve Border Security

GSA, CBP Project Brings Efficiencies and Green Building Technologies to the Border

October 15, 2014


NOGALES, Ariz. — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commemorate the completion of the eight-year Mariposa Land Port of Entry design and construction modernization project. More than 200 guests joined GSA; CBP; Senator Jeff Flake; Congressman Raul Grijalva; U.S. Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne; Nogales, Arizona Mayor Arturo Garino; and Nogales, Sonora Mayor Ramon Guzman Muñoz in celebrating the state-of-the-art improvements that have made Mariposa one of the most modern, sustainable and efficient ports of entry along the U.S. - Mexico border.

The Mariposa Land Port of Entry is one of the busiest land ports in the United States. It 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. As one of GSA’s largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects, expansion and modernization of the port aids CBP in more effectively performing their mission by improving efficiency, security, and safety for officers and the traveling public. The project is also expected to have a direct and significant impact on the local economy and job creation in the area.

The new port of entry is targeted to achieve LEED® Gold rating through a combination of solar domestic hot water system, advanced lighting, rainwater harvesting and building automation systems.

Key Facts:

  • Location: 200 North Mariposa Road, Nogales, AZ 85261
  • Project size: 216,000 Gross Square Feet
  • Total Funding: Approx. $187 million including $173.7 million in Recovery Act funds
  • Primary Tenants: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Design Priorities:

  • Increase traffic flow across the border to support international trade
  • Update facilities to accommodate officers and traveling public in a safe and efficient manner
  • Implement new CBP inspection procedures and requirements
  • Enhancing the customer’s mission through workplace design

Modernization/Expansion Details:

The project not only increased the port’s inspection capacity, the incorporation of state-of-the-art technology also expedites inspections while maximizing customs enforcement.

  • Four commercial and four vehicular inspection lanes previously; today the port is able to inspect 1,600+ trucks per day through 8 primary commercial booths and 56 secondary commercial inspection bays; non-commercial travel is expedited through 12 primary booths and 24 secondary personal vehicle inspection spaces
  • Northbound pedestrian processing walkways and inspection facilities were constructed
  • Originally no southbound inspection booths and supporting buildings; port now includes 5 booths and two processing facilities

U.S Senator Jeff Flake comments: “This port is not just Arizona’s main gateway to Mexico; it’s also a place where America meets the world. Today we celebrate a facility that is among the Nation’s busiest and largest.”

Congressman Raul Grijalva weighs in: “Our ports of entry are the cornerstone of Arizona’s economy. Our ability to safely, humanely, and expeditiously facilitate the crossing of goods, services, and people through our ports will determine Arizona’s competitiveness in a world economy. The Mariposa Port of Entry is a marvelous facility and tool, but we must modernize other Arizona Ports of Entry. Congress should continue to adequately fund port improvements. Congratulations to the Nogales community on a job well done.”

GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Ruth Cox says: “GSA has made great strides in modernizing our nation’s federal infrastructure. Mariposa Land Port of Entry’s new state-of-the-art buildings and sustainable facilities will help Customs and Border Protection perform their mission more effectively by improving efficiency, security, and safety for officers and the traveling public. This expansion and modernization project not only expedites the processing of commercial and personal vehicles; it will also have a positive impact on the local economy and commerce in the area.”

City of Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino stated: “The Mariposa port is a model port that is the economic hub for the State of Arizona, that is critical not just for the State, but for our city as well.”

William K. Brooks, Director of the Tucson Office of Field Operations said: “The Mariposa redesign project represents a collection of visions united for the purpose of securing America’s borders and legitimate trade and travel. This much needed expansion has been years in the making, and could not have been accomplished without the support of Ambos Nogales. I would like to thank everyone who participated in building this dream come true, which was accomplished through real determination and a lot of patience."

Last Reviewed 2014-10-14