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GSA Showcases U.S. Border Stations Exhibit

GSA #10261

August 3, 2006
Contact: Maryanne Beatty, (202) 501-1231
maryanne.beatty@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the opening of “Thresholds Along the Frontier: Contemporary U.S. Border Stations,” an exhibit that highlights contemporary design in border station architecture and art.  The exhibit comes to Washington, DC from Buffalo, NY where it first opened at the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning.  The exhibit, which showcases 13 border stations and three Art-in-Architecture border station commissions, will be on public display August 4 through October 15, 2006, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s Exhibition Gallery at the Oculus, located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.  The exhibit is jointly sponsored by GSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection.

“GSA takes great pride in our Border Station Program and the partnership we have developed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection," said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan.  "One of GSA’s most important obligations and responsibilities is to design, build, and maintain the Port of Entries to serve the dual purpose of aiding security while at the same time promoting the flow of legitimate trade and travelers.  This exhibition demonstrates our commitment to adding to our legacy of outstanding public buildings, innovative and inviting facilities that will be used and enjoyed now and by future generations of Americans.”

Border station architecture is an emerging building type.  Border stations themselves did not exist until the early decades of the 20th century.  Initially, they were modest in form and domestically scaled. In the last 25 years, they have grown in number, size, complexity, and design sophistication.  Today, they integrate advanced security, incorporate sustainable design strategies, and include art commissions. 

“Crossing the border between the United States and Canada or Mexico is a significant experience.  It is also an event increasingly distinguished by iconic architecture.  Despite the large scale and seriousness of purpose, our border stations strive to convey a sense of openness and welcome that is a hallmark of America’s history,” said David Winstead, Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

The exhibit includes photographs, graphics, and architectural models.  For more information on GSA’s Design Excellence Program, visit www.gsa.gov

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