GSA, CBP Open New Land Port of Entry at Peace Arch
New facility is more secure and sustainable.
GSA # 10781
March 23, 2011
Contact: Ross Buffington, 253-350-3391
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Contact: Thomas Schreiber, 360-332-2652
BLAINE, Wash. – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Senior Counselor to the Administrator Stephen R. Leeds joined U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin to open the new Peace Arch Land Port of Entry. The new facility, which replaced the functionally obsolete port built in 1976, incorporates innovative energy-efficient technologies that will result in energy savings for taxpayers while increasing border security.
“GSA constructed the new state-of-the-art facility to not only enhance border security and provide a more welcoming experience for visitors to our country, but also to run at maximum efficiency,” said Leeds. “The innovative technologies used will ensure that taxpayers see energy savings down the road.”
Customs and Border Protection's Bersin said this: “This project ensures that CBP can carry out its critical functions at this busy port of entry while meeting the needs of the travelling public.”
“I am thrilled that construction of the Peace Arch Land Port of Entry facility is complete,” added Larsen. “The success of this project is due to the hard work and cooperation of federal, state, and local officials that will make our common border with Canada more secure and efficient to spur trade, create jobs, and continue moving our economy in the right direction.”
GSA employed 439 workers to build the new Peace Arch Land Port of Entry, about 30 miles southeast of Vancouver, British Columbia, and incorporated a number of innovative, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable features into the project. Most prominent is the installation of a nearly 22,000-square-foot “green roof” on the canopy over the new secondary inspection area, which will moderate temperatures below and reduce water runoff. The project is also the first land port of entry to incorporate an advanced exterior lighting design to reduce energy usage and light pollution into the atmosphere. The project is on track to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Additionally, the new land port showcases additional inspection booths to bolster security.
GSA worked closely with a number of other government agencies to develop the new port. In addition to CBP, these agencies included the Federal Highway Administration, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the city of Blaine, and Canada Border Services Agency. The need for a larger main building, additional inspection booths, and parking spaces necessitated construction of a new bridge on northbound Interstate 5 through the site, as well as additional major highway work.
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