Juarez-Lincoln LPOE Master Plan + Vehicle Processing Facility

Project Info

General Services Administration
Laredo, Texas

This project consists of a Master Plan Study and design of a new Vehicle Processing Facility for the Juarez-Lincoln Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The existing facilities were built in 1976 and operations of the Port and the organizations that manage it have changed significantly since. With the passage of NAFTA and the area’s border violence, bus traffic has increased dramatically ­­– well beyond the facility’s design parameters. New procedures for controlling exiting private vehicles (POVs) and the existing locations of the Headhouses do not conform to the current standards of the LPOE Design Guide.

In an effort to create a LPOE that is dignified, efficient, and provides safe entry for people traveling between the United States and Mexico while maintaining Laredo’s urban fabric, the Master Plan thoroughly examined existing port conditions and evaluated several future options for the LPOE, including major goals for modernization, sustainability, and expansion of operations as well as short-and long-term phasing and estimated costs.

The new Vehicle Processing Facility represents the first phase of the long-term improvements to this Port. The new Facility builds upon the recommendations of the Master Plan Study, creating a combined Bus and POV inspection facility that is secure yet open and a welcome gateway into the United States.

Sustainable Design Highlights:
Sustainable Design Highlights:

Project Metrics:
  • Targeting minimum LEED Gold (LEED Platinum possible)
  • EISA and AIA 2030 compliant
  • Optimized energy performance - currently at 40% better than ASHRAE 90.1 - 2004
  • 100% on-site stormwater infiltration

    Primary Sustainable Features:
  • Building green roof
  • Rainwater harvesting system for toilet flushing, irrigation and evaporative cooling
  • Dual path HVAC with dedicated outside air handler
  • Ground-source VRF heat pump for heating and cooling
  • Displacement ventilation for Bus Passenger Processing
  • Radiant cooling for Bus Passenger Processing
  • Non-standard comfort conditions – for Bus Passenger Processing
  • Outdoor comfort conditioning
  • Indoor and outdoor daylighting
  • Exterior lighting power reduction – utilizing LEDs
  • Solar thermal – 100% domestic hot water
  • Solar PV – 110,00 kWh – 20% of total building electrical