GSA, Ysleta Land Port of Entry Head House
El Paso, Texas
General Services Administration (GSA)
The United States General Services Administration (GSA) Special Programs Division (SPD) requires Design and Construction Administration (CA) services at Ysleta Land Port of Entry (LPOE) along U.S. Highway 375 immediately north of the U.S./Mexico border. GSA has contracted with the TSK team to design this project consisting of demolishing an existing head house facility, pave 3 additional lanes where the facility stood, build out a new head house facility and tear down area, and support the infrastructure for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel who work at this location. The effort will be coordinated with CBP national and local teams, as well as both the GSA Region 7 and Special Programs Division. The critical design issues for the LPOE Head House are security and control of violators to and through the head house itself. Detainees will be brought through the front through an identifying space into a violator waiting area before being processed and detained. The detention area is adjacent to this space and includes search, interview and holding cells. Exterior walls are fully grouted CMU with metal panels and brick veneer. All glazing will meet facility security level III and include tempered or laminated glazing. The movement and control of violators and detainees in a safe manner is essential. Violator areas and seizure areas must have no public visibility. Security requirements for CBP are comprised of controlled access at select doors, security cameras, detention grade walls, ceilings, door hardware, light fixtures, and in-custody holding toilet fixtures in holding areas.