Sustainable Donna Border Crossing Opens on U.S./Mexican Border

By Steve Hoffman
General Services Administration

Washington, Dec. 21, 2010 – The new Donna International Crossing Land Port of Entry near McAllen, Texas, will efficiently process traffic and visitors between the Mexico and the United States, as well as use sustainable features to help conserve water and electricity at the facility.

The sustainable features at the Donna Land Port of Entry helped give the crossing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold award. Sustainable aspects of the facility include landscaping that uses native plants needing no irrigation, and interior lights that are solar tubes, collecting and redirecting natural light to interior spaces.

The recently opened facility is the first LEED gold land port of entry in Texas and second on the Southern U.S. border and is located in Hildalgo County, Texas.

A two-year study found this area is suitable for on-site wind power generation, and GSA is in the process of securing funding to install a turbine that will provide electricity to the port.

The Donna Land Port of Entry is a $29 million project with more than 75,000 square feet of space, including buildings, an access control point system, and automated gates.

Caption: The Donna International Crossing has sustainable features such as landscaping using native plants that will need no irrigation and interior lights are solar tubes that collect and redirect natural light to interior spaces.

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