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North Dakota Port of Entry Transformed into Energy Efficient, Updated Facility

Release Date: 
November 1, 2012

Minot, N.D. - The U.S. General Services Administration yesterday welcomed the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection to a newly constructed land port of entry located along the U.S.-Canadian province of Saskatchewan border in Portal, N.D. The new port facility strengthens border security and facilitates the movement of legal international trade and travel.

"GSA is proud to transform this port into an energy-efficient facility, despite the region's extreme climate," said Susan Damour, GSA Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator. "This facility will satisfy the long-term goals of DHS and deliver an efficient and secure port of entry into the United States."

The new port features three commercial vehicle processing lanes, two car lanes in addition to enhanced secondary screening areas, a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) enrollment center, and expanded public and employee operational areas. Last year at Portal, CBP processed more than 104,000 southbound cars, up 15 percent from the previous year, as well as more than 105,000 trucks, a 35 percent increase, and 234 buses, up 9 percent.

"The new port facility in Portal enhances our mission to secure our borders," said Pembina Area Port Director,

New port of entry facility at Portal, N. D.

The U.S. General Services Administration announced the completion of the new port of entry at Portal, N.D., which will process incoming visitors and commercial vehicles.

Mary Delaquis. "The updated infrastructure and technologies provided in this new facility provide more efficient, secure and expedited processing for travelers crossing our northern border."

The Main Port Building is expected to save approximately 25 percent a year on electricity consumption and 90 percent in natural gas as compared to a 2003 baseline that was set by GSA. This translates to an annual electrical utility cost savings to taxpayers of approximately $10,000 and is combined with estimated natural gas savings of about $15,000 per year.

For GSA to achieve LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Main Port Building includes several energy efficient features such as a 300-foot-long south facing walkway called "Solar Street." The Solar Street is designed to have a high window-to-wall ratio with high shading coefficient glazing and with an exterior adjustable shading system to take advantage of passive solar heating. Another feature used is a cool roof that reduces the cooling energy load, provides reduced air pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017