Julie Snow Architects - U.S. Land Port of Entry in Warroad, Minnesota Print
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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.
Warroad-LPOE_Paul-Crosby-2Photograph © Paul Crosby
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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.
Warroad-LPOE_Paul-Crosby-1Photograph © Paul CrosbyIn addition to meeting these programmatic and operational issues, the port also stands as a gateway to the United States, and aims at representing the image of open and democratic values of transparency, dignity, fairness.

Warroad-LPOE_Paul-Crosby-2aPhotograph © Paul CrosbyThe project is part of our series dedicated to the winners of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture. The jury for the awards had the following comments about the project. "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."

Project credits:
Architects: Julie Snow Architects
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


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