2014 | Nogales, AZ | Land Port of Entry | 216,000 sq ft, 54 acres | $187 million

Located just west of Nogales in southern Arizona, the Mariposa Land Port of Entry is a study in balancing security with a dignified welcome; efficient operations with a healthy work space and achieving a high energy performance/ low water use facility within a harsh desert climate.  Influenced by the smooth continuous lines of a railroad yard and the contrasting vision of a desert oasis, the site plan is designed around the concept of overlaying a bustling vehicle and pedestrian processing station with a lush and vibrant garden.  One million gallons of harvested rainwater supports this vital and nurturing landscape which is designed to infuse the human experience with a connection to nature, alleviating stress and creating a respite for visitors, staff and the officers who operate the port.

At a basic level, the United States/ Mexico border region is defined by a geopolitical line on the earth.   In his poem “Border Lines,” Arizona’s 2014 Poet Laureate, Alberto Rios clearly sees: “the border is what joins us, not what separates.”   Inspired by this clarity of thought, the new Port of Entry strives to be a cultural connection – rather than a division.  Stretching 1000 feet across the site, the threshold of the new port is an entry pavilion inspired by the waving red, white and blue flag.  Additionally, this major reinvention of the 4th busiest port in the U.S. – and Arizona’s largest commercial port – is LEED Gold certified.

Border Lines

A weight carried by two
Weighs only half as much.

The world on a map looks like the drawing of a cow
In a butcher’s shop, all those lines showing
Where to cut.

That drawing of the cow is also a jigsaw puzzle,
Showing just as much how very well
All the strange parts fit together.

Which way we look at the drawing
Makes all the difference.
We seem to live in a world of maps:

But in truth we live in a world made
Not of paper and ink but of people.
Those lines are our lives.  Together,

Let us turn the map until we see clearly:
The border is what joins us,
Not what separates us.

©2003 by Alberto Ríos

 


Awards

2016

International Concrete Repair Institute, Arizona Chapter
Exposing the Best in Concrete – Sustainability on Concrete

2016

American Institute of Steel Construction
IDEAS² Award – Merit Award, more than $75 Million

2016

American Institute of Architects
National Institute Honor Award

2016

GSA Design Excellence Program
Honor Award In Architecture

2015

American Institute of Architects/ Arizona
Honor Award

2015

Arizona Forward
2015 Environmental Excellence Award — Crescordia Award

2015

ENR Southwest
Airports/ Port — Winner

2015

ENR Global
Airports/ Port — Merit

2015

American Public Works Association — Arizona Chapter
Project of the Year in the Transportation, more than $75 Million

2015

Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Magazine — Building Team Award
Silver

2015

Alliant Build America Award — Partnering Excellence (AGC America)
Merit Winner

2014

US Green Building Council
LEED – Gold Certification

2014

General Services Administration
Administrators Award (internal GSA award)

2014

Associated Minority Contractors of America
Project of the Year

2014

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT)
Partnering Excellence Award

2014

American Institute of Architects – Western Mountain Region
Honor Award

2014

American Institute of Architects – Arizona
The Goodwin Award

2010

American Institute of Architects – Arizona
Merit Award – Unbuilt

2010

GSA Design Excellence Award Program
On the Boards Award in Communication Design

Publications

2016

 

ULX: 10 Desert Designs

http://www.culturestrike.org/magazine/force-beauty

https://newrepublic.com/article/132177/problem-designing-trumps-border-wall

http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/01/the-quiet-progress-of-us-border-station-design/424500/

2015

 

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/atportscientistsputpestsunderthemicroscope/article_7e7821a09d9111e4a0e27bc18ebb7ed2.html

http://www.bdcnetwork.com/setting-bar-port-entry-design

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/06/11/forget-the-souvenirs-ducey-bring-us-back-some-jobs/71097478/

http://www.azcentral.com/story/lindavaldez/2015/01/02/arizona-mexico-border-ports/21120015/

2014

 

http://www.architectmagazine.com/design/buildings/mariposa-land-port-of-entry-designed-by-jones-studio_o

http://bombmagazine.org/article/2000014/alberto-r-os

http://azc.cc/1B3CnXZ

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/opinion/editorial/brewermiaisnosurprise/article_ca15788e4e3511e4bee0bfd4e36234f8.html

http://azc.cc/1w8Cbqa

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/ceremony-marks-completion-of-renovation-at-mariposa-port-of-entry/article_0d123510-560f-11e4-9b8d-e3831ebbd6a2.html

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/group-says-it-will-block-ports—but-this/article_a62d0c76-6112-11e4-8fe5-b738665f3e03.html

http://www.mexidata.info/id4001.html

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/news/once-again-threat-of-port-shutdown-comes-up-short/article_5c0f6eda-6438-11e4-9379-67322e8b441c.html

http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/new-arizona/2014/09/28/port-future-will-increase-economic-growth-arizona/16353669/

http://www.insidetucsonbusiness.com/news/renovated-port-of-entry-open-for-more-business/article_c0c6f91a-58a3-11e4-8479-2355c56b9ce4.html

http://kjzz.org/content/55772/ribbon-cutting-nogales-commemorate-expanded-border-crossing

http://www.nogalesinternational.com/opinion/guest_opinion/we-must-make-it-easy-to-do-business-in-arizona/article_98c614dc-5614-11e4-94e9-3b0df946564b.html