GRAND FORKS, N.D. — United States Border Patrol Grand Forks Sector held a grand opening ceremony today for their new Pembina Station. The facility located at 388 Division Street meets Leadership in Engineering & Environmental Design Silver Standards, and can accommodate up to 50 agents in the 33,500 square foot facility. It is located on more than 12 acres of land and replaces the station collocated at the Land Port of Entry built in 1931, which was condemned in 2011.
“This has been a collaborative effort amongst several offices and many people to improve the safety of the Homeland and specifically the Pembina area,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.
Construction for the new station began in the spring of 2013 and was completed at the cost of approximately $13.5 million. The new station features over 16,500 square feet of office space; a 620 square foot processing area; gym and locker room; muster room; bulk storage area; a 440 square foot short-term kennel that can accommodate up to three canines; and a nearly 17,000 square feet of indoor parking.
“This new facility represents the Border Patrol’s commitment to every citizen of North Dakota, Minnesota, and the country, to secure our Nation’s borders from terrorists, contraband and unlawful entrants,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Eric Kuhn.
The Pembina Border Patrol Station was executed as a partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Administration Facilities Management & Engineering Directorate; Border Patrol Facilities & Tactical Infrastructure Program Management Office; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Construction Support Office in the St. Paul District.
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.