U.S. Land Port of Entry | Notes of Interest

The United States Land Port of Entry supports the mission-driven demands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Homeland Security's agency responsible for securing the nation's borders and promoting legal trade and travel. Located in Warroad, Minnesota, this 43,000 square foot facility is composed of three separate enclosed areas linked together with a continuous canopy.

The port design manages a complex set of operational issues including site circulation of commercial, privately-owned vehicle, and recreational traffic, state of the art vehicle inspection areas both indoors and out, holding areas, and officer training and work areas. The main building houses the officer work area and holding cells, the secondary building houses the vehicular inspection garages, laboratory space and firing range, and the commercial building is used for unloading and inspecting commercial vehicles. The port seamlessly integrates the latest technologies for securing the border into the facility and meets the demands of an energy efficient and sustainable building.

In addition to meeting these programmatic and operational issues, the port also stands as a gateway to our nation, representing our open and democratic values of transparency, dignity, fairness and humaneness of our federal government.

Additional Credits

  • Cost Estimating: Hanscomb Faithful & Gould
  • Electrical Design: McGuire Associates
  • Engineer: Jacobs (Civil); Sebesta Blomberg & Associates, Inc. (Mechanical); Meyer Borgman and Johnson, Inc. (Structural)
  • Fire Protection Consulting: Futrell Fire Consultant and Design
  • Landscape Architectt: Coen + Partners
  • Security Consulting: Global Defense Solutions
  • Photo Credit: © Paul Crosby;© Julie Snow Architects Inc.;©Frank Ooms Studio

U.S. Land Port of Entry

Jury Comments

It is in a sense a continuation of the regional vocabulary – siding, wood, appropriate for its surrounds – integration of the landscape and public art – with the architecture nicely done.

The building comes out of its function – the conflict between openness and security is pulled off well.

One of the most elegant premeditated pieces of architecture around, it feels civic and that it belongs.

2011 Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Jury

  • David Miller, FAIA, (Chair)
  • The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
  • Seattle
  • Ashley Clark, Assoc. AIA
  • LandDesign Inc.
  • Charlotte
  • Curtis Fentress, FAIA
  • Fentress Architects
  • Denver
  • T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA
  • Harboe Architect, PC
  • Chicago
  • David Neuman, FAIA
  • University of Virginia, University Architect
  • Charlottesville, Va.
  • Louis Pounders, FAIA
  • ANF Architects
  • Memphis
  • Sarah E. Snodgrass, AIAS Representative
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • New York City
  • Allison Williams, FAIA
  • Perkins & Will
  • San Francisco
  • Jennifer Yoos, AIA
  • VJAA
  • Minneapolis

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