The Miller Hull Partnership unveils designs for San Ysidro U.S. Land Port of Entry
The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is designed to be the port of the future, not only operationally, but also in terms of high-performance buildings. Designed by architectural firm, The Miller Hull Partnership, all three phases of the project are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification due to energy efficiency, water conservation strategies, and an integrated design process. Most notable is the potential of achieving net zero energy in all the occupied spaces, the first facility open 24/7, 365 days a year to achieve this in the United States.
Approximately 102,000 people cross the border here between Mexico and the United States daily. The redevelopment project hopes to improve operational efficiency, security and safety for cross-border travellers and federal agencies at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. The project includes accommodating 34 lanes of traffic—each with two stacked inspection booths, a 200,000 sq ft administrative and operations facility, 110,000 sq ft of primary and secondary vehicle inspection canopy, a new northbound and southbound connection to Mexico’s planned El Chaparral Land Point of Entry facility, and ancillary buildings for the Department of Homeland Security.
Four 100-foot iconic masts will extend from a 725ft ‘pillow’ canopy that covers lanes of traffic going into the United States. The canopy here, as well as the one covering the second inspection facility, is composed of ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), the same material used for the National Aquatics Center for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This material allows for rain and sun protection for the officers in booths, and because of its translucent nature allows for natural light thereby requiring no artificial lighting during the day. The design reasoning behind the use of the canopies was also for security: the canopy’s thin nature provides unimpeded views to cars queuing at the border.
Construction of phase one will begin next year, and comprises of the northbound primary inspection lanes and booths, the northbound secondary inspection facilities, and associated canopies that cover these facilities.