The new, enlarged Land Port of Entry at Champlain, New York provides an iconic and highly functional new gateway to the US at one of the northern border’s busiest crossings. The Border Station is located at the intersection of Canada’s Highway 15 and US Interstate 87 in Clinton County, New York. Linking the US and Canada along one of the most important and rapidly growing north-south trade corridors in North America, the station provides a direct route between the Port of Montreal - the largest inland port in North America - and New York City. A border station has to maintain the delicate balance, being at once welcoming yet forceful – optimistic, yet purpose-driven. Facing north by necessity, it has the additional challenge of its façade existing in perpetual shadow. For the new port at Champlain, our design incorporates a wide ribbon of the industrial material, channel glass, lit from behind by a hidden strip skylight. The result is a subtle glow by day. By night, it is a beacon announcing arrival at this important threshold. The project encompasses a 100 acre site and includes ve buildings linked by an intricate system of roads and inspection plazas. The goal of the port’s expansion is to enhance the operational functionality, public safety and sta security by increas- ing the capacity of the passenger and commercial vehicle inspection and processing and support facilities. The design team worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security to develop a master plan that supports and improves the operational procedures and sequences involved in the inspection process. Design criteria such as clear site lines and logistical adjacencies are critical as well as an ordered operational ow. The scale and volume of di erent vehicle types, their queuing requirements, primary and secondary inspection, access and exit paths have been logically accommodated along with employee and visitor parking, service and pedestrian access, and secure areas for seized cargo and detained individuals.