Calexico, San Ysidro Land Ports of Entry in the President's Budget
President's 2015 Budget Request Includes Major Investments in the Nation's Public Buildings
March 4, 2014
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration announced major construction and repair projects for public buildings outlined in President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request. The Administration’s Budget request calls for important, common sense investments in the nation’s public buildings managed by U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). These investments would enable GSA to properly maintain and improve the real estate assets owned and paid for by the American people.
The Administration’s 2015 Budget includes the following investments in Calexico and San Diego, California:
New Construction and Acquisition:
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San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Phase 2 - $216,828,000: GSA is requesting funding to continue expansion of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere. Phase 2 includes the construction of a new administration and pedestrian processing building, a central holding facility, and a connection between the pedestrian and auto facilities. The historic port building and a pedestrian plaza will also be renovated. This will ease traffic in the area and help the Department of Homeland Security continue to fulfill its mission.
Calexico West Land Port of Entry Phase 1 - $98,062,000: On an average day, more than 11,000 privately operated vehicles and nearly 13,000 pedestrians enter the U.S. through the Calexico Land Port of Entry. GSA’s budget request would fund new pedestrian processing and privately owned vehicle inspection facilities, a new head house to provide supervision and services to the non-commercial vehicle inspection area, new administration offices and a parking structure. The project will increase operation space, reduce traffic congestion, and create a safe environment for port employees and visitors.
“The President’s 2015 budget request includes the investments we need to help rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and includes projects at both the Calexico and San Ysidro Land Ports of Entry in Southern California,” said Ruth Cox, GSA’s Pacific Rim Regional Administrator. “These projects will help ease traffic throughout the region, promote economic growth for our entire country, and better equip the Department of Homeland Security to ensure our nation’s safety.”
Investing in the Nation’s Public Buildings:
As a result of consecutive years of reduced funding, GSA’s portfolio of facilities have forgone more than $4 billion worth of capital improvements including major repairs and maintenance as well as critical additions to the inventory. While we have begun to make significant progress in addressing years of deferred repairs, there is still significant work to do in ensuring that our buildings can support the work of government in the 21st century. The President’s Budget restores GSA’s authority to fully use incoming rent funds to meet the needs of its real estate portfolio by investing more than $1 billion in maintaining federal buildings that need major renovations and basic repairs and renovations instead of diverting those funds to other uses.
The Budget also identifies important construction projects across the country, including more than $745 million in investments in nine construction projects that range from land ports of entry to office buildings and courthouses.
Investing in Border Infrastructure:
The Budget request includes $420 million in provisions for three border crossing and inspection projects that will promote economic growth, national security, and improve conditions for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This provision includes work on the next phase of the San Ysidro Port of Entry in Southern California, the busiest border crossing in the world.
Making the Federal Real Estate Footprint Smaller and More Efficient:
The Budget request includes $100 million to further GSA’s efforts to consolidate agencies within existing Federally owned space across the country to improve space utilization, optimize inventory, decrease reliance on leased space, increase energy and water conservation, and reduce the federal government’s footprint. GSA’s consolidation program will save taxpayer dollars by reducing agency dependence on leased space, and reducing the total amount of space occupied by the government.
Improving Safety and Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings:
The Budget request includes $100 million for projects that will improve safety systems, meet security requirements, cut energy costs, and reduce water consumption in buildings across the country.
These are all critical investments in infrastructure that will create significant savings by preventing costly emergency repairs in the future and build upon our progress of maintaining America’s public buildings.
The mission of GSA is to deliver best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to government and the American people. The agency delivers this commitment through six priority areas that include: delivering better value and savings; serving our partners; expanding opportunities for small businesses; creating a more sustainable government; leading with innovation; and building a stronger GSA.