San Ysidro 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. Most notably is the potential of achieving net zero energy in all the occupied spaces (the buildings, on a net annualized basis, will provide as much power as they consume), the first facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to achieve this in the United States. This project will set a new standard for land ports of entry, not only for surpassing General Service Administration’s sustainability goals but for enhanced processing of visitors and increased security measures.

Construction of phase one began in 2011, and comprises the following elements: the northbound primary inspection lanes and booths, the northbound secondary inspection facilities, and associated canopies that cover these facilities. The project includes accommodating 34 lanes of traffic—each with two stacked inspection booths, a 200,000‐square‐foot administrative and operations facility, 110,000 square‐feet 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.

O’Brien Company is consulting on the LEED Certification for the project. We are working with Hensel Phelps, the contractor, and the Miller Hull Partnership, the architect, to pre-plan for achieving the maximum materials points in LEED, and will oversee the commissioning process.

O’Brien Company worked with the design team and GSA during the master planning phase consulting on achieving LEED Platinum certification on all three phases of the project under the LEED 2009 rating system and using the LEED Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and Campuses. We’ve provided LEED consulting to the design team and contractor for the first phase which is now under construction including specification assistance, documentation review, and review of contractor LEED submittals.

Image courtesy of the Miller Hull Partnership