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GSA awards $10 million for pre-design services for modernizing facilities at the Bridge of the Americas Land Port of Entry

El Paso, Texas - The U.S. General Services Administration awarded a contract for pre-design services on Dec. 4 in support of modernizing and upgrading facilities at the Bridge of the Americas land port of entry. Funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, GSA awarded the $9.9 million contract to Turner & Townsend Heery. Under this contract, Turner & Townsend will provide professional services to help develop proposals for the design-build procurement for the new facility. 

“We’re excited to move forward to develop a plan to upgrade facilities for the Bridge of the Americas land port of entry alongside U.S. Customs and Border Protection and in partnership with the local community,” said Jason Shelton, Regional Administrator, Greater Southwest Region. 

GSA held a public scoping meeting for the project on Dec. 13. In response to the public’s request, GSA extended the public comment period to 5 p.m. CST Friday Feb. 23, 2024. “We appreciate the community’s interest in GSA’s effort to upgrade this port of entry,” Shelton added.Shelton also noted that GSA will continue to refer comments related to issues outside GSA’s purview to the other offices involved in this effort.

The project includes new administration and inspection facilities, which will better support federal inspection agencies in their work to safeguard America’s borders and facilitate trade. GSA’s goals for the project include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating human health and environmental impact, and increasing the federal government’s mission readiness. This project is also slated to use low-embodied carbon materials as part of a recent $2-billion announcement stemming from the Inflation Reduction Act

The project is part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda in growing the American economy from the bottom up and middle-out – from rebuilding our Nation’s infrastructure, to creating a manufacturing and innovation boom powered by good-paying jobs, to building a clean-energy economy that will combat climate change and make our communities more resilient.

Construction is anticipated to begin in Fall 2028, with substantial completion by the summer of 2031.

For inquiries or further information, please contact: Rich Stebbins.


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