Mariposa Land Port of Entry
The Mariposa Land Port of Entry is one of the United States' busiest land ports, serving as the main entry point for fresh produce entering from Mexico. As cross-border traffic grows and the facility ages, port managers have faced increasing challenges in processing cargo and serving the traveling public.
To improve conditions for port officers, distributors and everyday travelers, the GSA launched a Recovery Act project to expand and modernize the port. New state-of-the-art buildings and facilities will enable the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to more effectively bring safety, security and efficiencies to the port’s visitors. The project is also expected to promote local economic growth and create new jobs in the area.
In addition to expanded facilities, this project will incorporate green, LEED® certified technologies to help protect the environment. This includes a substantial photovoltaic installation, a solar domestic hot water system, advanced lighting, rainwater harvesting and a building automation system with diagnostics.
200 North Mariposa Road
Approximately 216,000 Gross Square Feet
Total Cost of Construction
Design Architect/Architect of Record
Jones Studios, Inc.
Vanir Construction Management, Inc. (Phase 1)
Heery International, Inc. (Phases 2-4)
General Contractor (Phases 1 - 4)
Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Anticipated Completion Date
Major Tenants and Partners
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)
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News & Notices
The Pacific Rim hosted a ground breaking ceremony for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry project on October 22, 2009. Nearly 400 attendees observed the formalities and heard from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer; Sonora, Mexico, Governor Guillermo Padres Elias; Administrator Victor Mendez, of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration; David Higgerson, Director of the Tucson Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations; and officials from the Arizona Department of Transportation. Acting Regional Administrator Jeff Neely presided as the master of ceremonies. Guests came from Mexico, as did news media reporters covering the event. The Greater Nogales Santa Cruz Port Authority hosted a well-attended reception following the ceremonies.
Construction of the remaining Phases of work (Phases 2-4) was awarded in March 2010 to Hensel Phelps Construction Company.
A Community Representative Committee meeting was conducted on September 30, 2010. At the meeting, GSA advised the additional funding has been received from CBP to increase the southbound facilities for additional inspection and to address traffic issues. At this point, the scope is in development and GSA hopes to provide further information at the next CRC meeting. 13 of 14 firms under subcontract to Hensel Phelps are southern Arizona firms and 58 percent of subcontracts are with small businesses.
The $184 million modernization and expansion of the nation’s third-busiest land port of entry, funded primarily by ARRA, will be built to achieve LEED® Silver certification for its use of energy-efficient technologies, including a solar panel array, solar-powered domestic hot water and advanced lighting. The Pacific Rim’s goal is to offset 20 percent of the facility’s energy consumption with solar power produced on site. The region expects construction to be completed in 2014.
The new facility will enable CBP to more effectively perform their mission to secure the Southwest border while facilitating travel and trade.
The Mariposa Land Port of Entry was awarded on January 20, 2011 as one of 11 national GSA Design Excellence winners. The port was selected as a winner in the "Communications" category. The design of the port utilizes color and other innovative techniques that nonverbally communicate information and directions without excessive directional signage.
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