Ground Breaking Held for New Van Buren Land Port of Entry
VAN BUREN, Maine - Today, a ground breaking was held at the site of the new Land Port of Entry (LPOE) on a road that has yet to be named. The port, funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for $45,127,000, will replace the existing port at 137 Bridge Street.
Speakers included GSA Regional Administrator Robert Zarnetske; The Honorable Susan M. Collins; Sharon Campbell, Office of The Honorable Olympia J. Snowe; Barbara Hayslett, Office of The Honorable Michael H. Michaud; and Keith Fleming, area port director, Customs and Border Protection. Other participants included Kamlesh Patel, J & J Contractors, Inc; Patricia Scull, port director, Customs and Border Protection; American Legion Post #49; and the Van Buren School District Band.
"Today's ground breaking marks the beginning of an immense undertaking made possible through a strong partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. General Services Administration. We have enjoyed continuous support from Senator Susan Collins, Senator Olympia Snowe and Congressman Michael Michaud," said GSA Regional Administrator Bob Zarnetske. "CBP and GSA have worked with local officials to design a new port that will use modern technology to enhance border security, speed the flow of commerce and reduce our reliance on foreign energy. For GSA, this project is about supporting CBP's critical mission, creating jobs and greening the federal government's building inventory," he said.
"This state-of-the-art facility will provide accommodations for the appropriate mix of infrastructure, personnel and modern technology necessary for our officers to more efficiently and effectively secure our borders," said Area Port Director Keith Fleming. "With this new facility, CBP officers will be able to carry out their critical functions while facilitating trade and meeting the needs of the traveling public."
The LPOE was recognized for its concept design at GSA's Design Excellence Awards ceremony earlier this year. It has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is on track for LEED Silver certification. Unique design and sustainable features include repeating joints positioned as to mirror surrounding trees; forest-camouflaged silkscreen covered glass that admits daylight while controlling glare; geothermal heating and cooling; biodiesel boilers; solar hot water; and LED light fixtures which will contribute to a projected 48% reduction in energy costs. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2013.
|Concept Architect:||Julie Snow Architects, Inc., Minneapolis, MN|
|Design-Build Team:||J & J Contractors, Inc., Lowell, MA|
|Robert Siegel Architects, New York, NY|
|Construction Manager:||Coast & Harbor Associates, Inc., Lynnfield, MA|
|Commissioning Agent:||M. E. Group, Inc.|
|Sebesta Blomberg, Inc.|
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.