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Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion

Location San Diego, CA

Client General Services Administration (GSA)

Services Commissioning, Construction Management

Project Value $141 million

Hill provided construction management, construction inspection, cost and schedule control, design review, and commissioning services to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for a modernization and expansion project at the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry. Otay Mesa is the second-busiest commercial crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border. Tenant agencies and stakeholders include U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The design-build project cost $141 million, including base contract and modifications, and included 5 new buildings, the renovation of 3 existing buildings, and the addition of more than 70,000 cubic yards of highway-grade concrete pavement for multiple uses, including doubling the pre-existing commercial inspection capacity. The expansion was made possible through the acquisition and inclusion of a 10-acre site, which provided space for improving commercial vehicle circulation and incorporating a dedicated return lane to Mexico for trucks denied entry into the U.S.

A new 36,000 SF Commercial Annex Building (CAB) contains CBP’s administrative offices, permit processing, a call center, and Fines, Penalties, & Forfeitures Department. The CAB also contains administrative offices for the FDA. By moving CBP operations into the CAB, GSA freed up enough space in the Main Pedestrian Building (MPB) to enable major renovations, including doubling the pedestrian inspection capacity, expanding detention operations, and adding a dining facility for detainees. The project also included a new 16,000 SF USDA plant inspection station, a new 13,000 SF hazardous material inspection and containment facility, a new 1,700 SF FMCSA facility, and a new 2-story, 76,000 SF parking structure with 231 parking spaces and infrastructure for 18 electric vehicle charging stations. Other improvements included a large pedestrian ramp with decorative punch stainless-steel panels to convey pedestrians over California State Route 905, additional surface parking lots for employees and visitors, a bio-retention and stormwater filtration system and facilities to treat all surface water runoff from the project site, and drought-tolerant landscaping.