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San Ysidro Land Port of Entry - Phase 2 Design-Build

The port of the future

  • 20K

    Pedestrians Per Day

  • 102K

    SF Pedestrian Processing Facility

  • $135M

    Project Budget

  • San Diego, California

    San Diego, California

Designing an expansion to support 87 percent more port traffic

The largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, the San Ysidro Port of Entry is also the busiest international border crossing in the western hemisphere. With demand fast outpacing capacity—vehicular traffic is projected to increase 87 percent by 2030—the port is undergoing a major expansion.

We’re helping the US General Services Administration realize their goal of a “Port of the Future” that is sustainable, operationally scalable, and has a reduced carbon footprint. As such, we’re undertaking a complete reconstruction of the pedestrian and bus inspection facilities, including a new 102,000 square foot northbound pedestrian processing facility; new overhead pedestrian bridges; and major renovations to the Historic Customs House. Designed to LEED Gold targets, we’re also working to enhance the ability of main-tenant US Customs and Border Protection to conduct their mission.

Our team designed a temporary office and processing complex to house existing operations and designed the new Virginia Avenue Transit Center to provide multi-modal transportation options for the 15,000 pedestrian travelers per day. This new transit center was designed, permitted, and constructed in just nine months. Virtual Reality (VR) was used extensively to communicate the design progress with all the stakeholders. Given the nature of the project, security requirements were stringent. Use of VR enabled the users to experience their future home in a virtual environment and to work with the designers to make spatial changes that would enable them to carry out their critical mission more effectively; delivering a well-coordinated and compliant design well before construction started.

When all the expansion and configuration projects are complete, capacity to process US bound travellers will have doubled, making for a much smoother and faster traveller experience.

At a Glance

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), National Recognition Award, 2021
ACEC California, Golden State Award Winner, 2021
ENR California, Best Projects, 2020
Meet Our Team

Alain Dufresne, Principal and Engineering Team Leader - Physical Security

An appropriate security posture cannot be achieved without first properly identifying and measuring all the risks the organization is facing.
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Bill Ferris, Jr., Vice President, Transportation

Our transportation specialists tailor solutions to improve our communities’ ability to commute to work, to play, and to life’s endeavors.
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Ray Mansur, Senior Principal

I strive to work with clients to see the 'big picture' on projects and provide true value-added solutions to meet their geospatial needs.

Brendan Mullins, Senior Associate, Regional Digital Delivery Lead (US West)

The key to my success has been to remain passionate that my ideas will better the company.
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Jim Wright, Project Manager, Transportation

Working on a dynamic portfolio of local transportation projects keeps me deeply connected to my community.
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Taylor Ahrensdorf, Civil Engineer

Our job does not stop with design and construction of a project—it includes continuing to educate our communities about water.

Josh Hamon, Associate, Audio Visual Team Lead

Technology should improve the quality of our work and life.
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Alain Dufresne

Principal and Engineering Team Leader - Physical Security

Bill Ferris, Jr.

Vice President, Transportation

Ray Mansur

Senior Principal

Brendan Mullins

Senior Associate, Regional Digital Delivery Lead (US West)

Jim Wright

Project Manager, Transportation

Taylor Ahrensdorf

Civil Engineer

Josh Hamon

Associate, Audio Visual Team Lead

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