Port of Entry Border Station – Portal, ND

Design Team: Place Architecture, CTA
Owner: GSA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Completion Date: November 2012

The 40,000 sq. ft. Port of Entry Border Station is located in a remote section of North Dakota near Williston. The main building includes offices, as well as border patrol and emergency services facilities. Included in the project are four auxiliary pre-manufactured support buildings and large drive through canopies covering the extensive crossing stations. The structure of the main building is a combined system of steel concentrically braced frames and moment frames. These elements are strategically placed to enhance the open, clerestory feel of the building and allowed the architect to enhance natural lighting throughout. The primary gravity systems are elevated concrete floors over metal decking and steel structural members. The building obtained LEED silver certification from the USGBC as a requirement by the General Services Administration (GSA).

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