First—and only—LEED Platinum U.S. Land Port of Entry
The busiest border crossing in the world, the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is designed as a high performance ‘port of the future. The previous outdated 30-year old facility was intended for lighter crossing volumes in a lower threat environment and could no longer support nor enforce operations at this busy location processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day. As a primary gateway to the United States, the Port embodies American democracy and diplomacy, a sustainable future, and symbolizes the open cooperation, communication and collaboration between nations which share cultural influences and natural resources.
The new Port facility is one of the largest General Services Administration (GSA) projects currently being developed. The full build-out of the project is spread over three phases targeting completion in 2019—to be constructed while maintaining full operations of the facility. Improvements address operational inspection and safety measures, with modernized infrastructure that dramatically reduces border wait times from hours to minutes, and which improves national security, comfort for federal employees and the traveler’s experience.
San Ysidro sets a high bar for U.S. border crossings—with site specific solutions providing seamless integration of operations, design and sustainable features that surpass GSA goals and Federal mandates for energy conservation and performance, demonstrating what is possible even at the largest scope and scale. It also validates what can be developed on a highly compressed timeline through an integrated, cross-disciplinary design process. San Ysidro Phase 1 is certified LEED Platinum and is targeting Net Zero for the full campus–a first for GSA projects of this type, magnitude and complexity.