San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, Phase 3

Location: 
San Ysidro, California
Client: 
U.S. General Service Administration
Architect: 
Miller Hull Partnership
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Year Completed: 
2019
Certification: 
LEED Platinum
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Clark, in a joint venture with Atkinson Construction, constructed phase 3 of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) project. The project is designed to address the increased travel delays due to traffic volume in the busiest land port in the world. 

The SYLPOE Phase 3 scope of work consisted of the construction of a new southbound vehicular operations facility, parking structure, and the expansion of the northbound vehicular operations facility. In addition, the Atkinson/Clark team improved access roads, security fencing, and site lighting,and upgraded geothermal heat exchange, video surveillance, and stormwater management systems. Five southbound lanes with 10 new inspection booths, and eight northbound lanes with 15 northbound inspection booths, were also added.

The expansion and modernization of the SYLPOE was guided by GSA’s Design Excellence Program, an initiative to build and preserve exceptional public facilities that stand the test of time. With a design that respects the facility’s main purpose while portraying the unique flavor of San Diego’s border town, the new SYLPOE testifies to the exacting standards of the GSA.

The most distinguishing visual element of the project is a 750-foot-long catenary-suspended canopy above the vehicle inspection booths. The steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) canopy affords uninterrupted sightlines and much-needed illumination for officers as they perform inspections. It also serves as a canvas for “Double Horizon,” an art installation comprised of LED lights that graces the length of the southern side of the canopy.