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UN Plaza in San Francisco gets gold
Building Design+Construction recently named the renovated 50 United Nations Plaza in San Francisco's Civic Center a reconstruction Gold Award winner. The 15 winners of the 2014 Reconstruction Awards showcase the best work of architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and facility managers encompassing historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and renovations and additions. The 350,000 square-foot LEED Platinum renovation symbolizes GSA's approach to saving historic structures while achieving high-performance green retrofits. Improved working conditions for employees was a high priority for this complex revival of a Great Depression era landmark, and it is now the home of the agency's Pacific Rim Region headquarters. The other GSA award winners: The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Oregon won a Silver Award, and the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colorado won a Bronze Award.
California Assembly Speaker tours busiest land border crossing in Western Hemisphere
California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, San Diego County Supervisor Gregory Cox, Imperial Beach Mayor James Janney, and other local representatives toured the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) on September 2 to review ongoing improvements GSA is making at the port to modernize and expand primary inspection lanes and the secondary vehicle inspection area, as well as the recently completed headhouse.
During the tour, the Speaker acknowledged the importance of the San Ysidro LPOE as a key economic engine for the binational region and recognized the huge infrastructure investment to support trade and residents living on both sides of the border. Speaker Atkins was particularly impressed with the small business achievements of the construction project: More than 55 percent of the project has supported local small businesses so far, including almost 9 percent women-owned businesses and 12 percent veteran-owned.
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is a major gateway between the United States and Mexico, serving the border crossings of more than 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 pedestrian each day. The next phase of the project, which includes the realignment of Interstate 5 South, has received full funding.
GSA Commissioner from DC inspects progress at San Ysidro land port
On the heels of the completion of the new headhouse at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, GSA's Commissioner for the Public Buildings Service toured the facility last week to check on its modernization progress. Norman Dong got a first-hand view of the newly opened state-of-the-art Command Center inside the headhouse that is enhancing Customs and Border Protection operations at the port. Final canopy construction work is underway, and when Phase IB of the project is completed in November, CBP will be able to process vehicles through 25 new lanes and 46 new primary inspection booths. The expanded capacity is expected to reduce border crossing wait times from more than two hours to less than 30 minutes.
GSA completes new headhouse at San Ysidro Land Port of Entry
Work at the new San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) headhouse was completed last month and the anchor tenant, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), is currently occupying the new 3-story, 84,000-square-foot building. The headhouse acts as the port’s nerve center, where CBP officers are able to monitor activity, coordinate response to smuggling events, take proactive action to reduce wait queues and conduct daily functions to ensure the port operates smoothly.
“We are very pleased to have moved in and to be operating in the new headhouse,” said Port Director Sidney Aki. “It’s a big improvement over the previous facility. This building includes state-of-the-art technology, which greatly enhances our ability to conduct our mission, safely and efficiently.”
The new headhouse is a lean, green building that features a solar water heater system that provides hot water for the building and solar panels that generate about 1.2 megawatts of energy. It also conserves water via ultra-low flow water fixtures, rainwater retention infrastructure and an onsite waste water treatment system that repurposes gray water for reuse in irrigation.
Regional Administrator Cox presents at NALEO Conference
On June 26, Regional Administrator Ruth Cox gave a presentation about GSA’s Land Ports of Entry (LPOE) program to a packed conference room at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference in San Diego. The breakout session was entitled “U.S. and Mexico Bi-National Issues: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities Together” and featured other panel experts including the Mexican Consul General for San Diego, Remedios Gomez Arnau, and former California State Senator, Denise Moreno Ducheny.
With 44 border stations along the U.S. - Mexico border and over $500 billion in annual trade, Mexico is the second largest market for U.S. exports. In her presentation, Ms. Cox explained the importance of LPOEs and the critical role they play in the U.S. economy as gateways of commerce, culture and people. “The United States and Mexico share more than just a physical border. Our land ports of entry play a vital role in not only the security of our nation but also in facilitating economic trade and prosperity, cultural exchange, and connecting families and binational communities,” said Cox. She highlighted the significant amount of binational coordination required to expand and improve infrastructure at our nation’s borders.
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