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San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Pedestrian Processing Facility Opens


August ribbon-cutting ceremony unveils "port of the future"

Southern California's San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE)—the busiest
international border crossing in the western hemisphere, with 70,000
northbound vehicle passengers and 20,000 northbound pedestrians crossing
daily—officially opened on August 15, marked by a ribbon-cutting
ceremony hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The
Main Pedestrian Processing Building is part of the $741 million,
three-phase expansion project to accommodate growing cross-border
traffic and reduce congestion. The San Ysidro LPOE expansion project is
directed by GSA with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as the
primary tenant.

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The portal into the East Pedestrian Processing Facility at San Ysidro. (Photo: Business Wire)

The portal into the East Pedestrian Processing Facility at San Ysidro. (Photo: Business Wire)

During the Phase 2 expansion project, the design-build team of Hensel
Phelps and Stantec delivered a complete reconstruction of the port's
pedestrian and bus-inspection facilities, which included inspection
booths for 18 northbound pedestrian processing lanes and four northbound
bus-processing lanes. Designed to LEED Platinum and stringent energy
reduction targets, this transformational project enhances the ability of
CBP and other federal agencies to conduct their respective missions. Key
project components include:

  • Northbound Pedestrian Processing Facility:
    This building provides state-of-the-art customs facilities and queuing
    functions for U.S.-bound travelers.
  • Historic Customs House: A major historic
    building renovation of this circa 1932 National Register of Historic
    Places building includes a new second story addition on the north wing
    to facilitate processing for Mexico-bound travelers.

"San Ysidro is the largest and most complex port of entry in the western
hemisphere," said William Ward, CBP's program manager. "One out of every
five travelers who enters the U.S., whether by land, air or sea, does so
through a port of entry within the San Diego Field Office jurisdiction,
and the majority enters through San Ysidro. We couldn't be more excited
for the completion of Phase 2 and its expansion. The opening of the
pedestrian-processing facility is a reflection of the hard work,
collaboration and efficiency of the Hensel Phelps and Stantec
design-build team."

The latest project components support the port's pedestrian-processing
capacity, aided by the completion of the Virginia Avenue Transit Center
(VATC) that was completed by the Hensel Phelps/Stantec team in July
2016. Associated with GSA's West Pedestrian project (PedWest), the VATC
provides multi-modal transportation options for the daily influx of
20,000 pedestrian travelers. This new transit center was designed,
permitted and constructed in just nine months.

"We're thrilled to play a part in helping improve the cross-border
traveler experience," said Bill Ferris, Stantec's project director. "The
opening of the Main Pedestrian Processing Building for operations
represents a major step toward that goal and one that Stantec and our
partners are humbled to be involved in."

"This is an exciting and important milestone made possible by the hard
work, dedication, and coordination of many. It has been a great
experience to develop and deliver project solutions together with GSA,
CBP, Stantec, and all of our trade partners that will greatly improve
San Ysidro's border efficiency as well as its security and public
safety," said Chris Chacon, Hensel Phelps' director of operations. "The
San Ysidro LPOE Phase 2 project is a state-of-the-art and sustainable
gateway that will join together and serve the bi-national community for
years to come, and we are proud to be a part of it."

"We are excited for this milestone in the San Ysidro LPOE expansion
project," said Arun Kaiwar, Stantec's design leader. "This is a special
project with a tangible goal of uniting both sides of the border as one
community. We're passionate about working on projects which advance the
quality of life in communities across the globe, and this project is the
perfect embodiment of that principle."

Stantec provided architecture, programming, interior design, civil
engineering, electrical engineering, energy and daylight modeling,
geomatics, information and communications technology, acoustics,
lighting design, landscape architecture, physical and electronic
security, and transportation services. Stantec's Sacramento office led
the project design in collaboration with global expertise from other
Stantec offices including Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; San Diego, Van
Nuys, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and Irvine, Calif.; Lynnwood, Wash.;
Charlotte, N.C.; and Longueil, Québec.

About Hensel Phelps

Celebrating more than 80 years in construction, Hensel Phelps is
recognized as one of the premier general contracting firms in the United
States since 1937, specializing in planning, building, and managing
facilities in every building sector, including healthcare, aviation,
higher education, federal, and justice. Hensel Phelps has been an
engaged community partner in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San
Diego markets for over 30 years.

About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the
globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging.
That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. We care
about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This
allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to
appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring
together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared
success. We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers,
innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and
client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects
that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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