PRESIDIO, TEXAS—Customs and Border Protection held a ceremony on July 16 at Presidio to dedicate new housing for CBP employees. The 29 homes include 24 two-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units.
Ana Hinojosa, Director of Field Operations El Paso was the featured speaker at the event along with Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Victor Velazquez, Big Bend Sector. Also speaking were Jim Oberg, Director of Design and Construction, Special Programs Division, of the General Services Administration and Dan Bartlett, Vice-President, The Hunt Building Company.
Master of Ceremonies was Paul Baranowski, Chief of Facilities Management and Engineering, CBP.
The open-concept housing units include two full bathrooms, a two-car garage, Energy-Star rated stainless steel appliances and modern interior finishes. Thoughtfully designed to be climate appropriate, energy efficient and durable, the new homes will use approximately 75% less energy than existing units.
An analysis of the housing prototype design and performance estimates that tenants could save as much as $190 per month in utility costs..
The master planned community site includes shared centrally located recreational space with three picnic pavilions, a sand volleyball court, a basketball court with lighting and a covered bus stop, as well as walking paths throughout the housing area.
CBP's Mission Support Facilities, Housing Branch managed the construction of the facilities. The housing was constructed by Hunt Building Company.
The housing is managed by the GSA.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.