The Warroad Land Port of Entry is a 40,108 SF facility that supports the mission-driven demands of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the federal agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders and promoting legal trade and travel. The LPOE was conceived as a specific response to the vast open landscape along the Minnesota-Canadian border. Its form reiterates the dominant horizon of the landscape while making reference to the East-West border.
The public space of the project, experienced primarily from the car, uses glass and warm stained wood to create a transparent, welcoming threshold as one enters the U.S. Inflected building forms facilitate intuitive use by visitors, the officer's ability to survey the entire site, and vehicle access to secondary inspections. While embracing CBP's operational procedures and inevitably changing technologies, the design advances the dual mission to protect national security while facilitating trade and travel in a comfortable, efficient facility.Life cycle cost analysis was used to ensure that long term cost and energy reductions were met and the project achieved LEED Gold Certification. Geothermal heating and cooling, rain water capture, and daylight harvesting are among just a few of the strategies that allowed the design team to meet this certification. These strategies have ultimately led to a 30% reduction in energy usage and a 41% reduction in cost savings from our baseline energy model.
The Warroad Land Port of Entry sets a new standard for remote, small ports in achieving the highest design standard for public buildings, conveying the ideals of our country while advancing the efficiency and comfort of federal officers. Its success is defined not only by the impact of its design, but also its open, timely, collaborative process that respects the nation’s fiscal and natural resources. The design’s success can be measured across all standards of design performance.