Engineering Awards Platinum Award – Magnusson Klemencic Associates


Magnusson Klemencic Associates wins 2015 ACEC Washington Platinum Award

Magnusson Klemencic Associates captured the top honor at the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington’s 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony on January 23, 2015. The ceremony honored 35 outstanding engineering projects, excelling in a wide range of engineering skill and ingenuity.

Magnusson Klemencic Associates was presented with the Platinum Award for its part in the $434 million San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Modernization project, creating a new standard for land ports.

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Project: San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Modernization

Owner/Client: General Services Administration

Firm: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Modernization of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (SYLPOE), the world’s busiest land port, is a project unlike anything attempted anywhere in the world. It’s a massive $434,000,000 puzzle with tightly interlocking functional components. A constrained construction zone requiring “ship-in-a-bottle”-like phasing that averages 50,000 vehicles and 25,000 pedestrians passing through. A critical facility with complex and extremely stringent security requirements. An arid location short on water and fighting pollution from runoff, and requiring segmental construction to meet budget and minimize operational constraints. These components had to fit together, all while meeting the owner’s requirement to create a model “Port of the Future” that sets new standards of efficiency, security, aesthetics, an sustainability.

These unprecedented challenges were met with the creation of two first-ever systems, each with multiple innovative components:

NetZero Non-Potable Water System Five separate strategies combine to eliminate the need for “outside” water for non-potable purposes, and to save the GSA 20 million gallons per year. The system includes an on-site membrane bioreactor to transform water from “black” to clean, and can provide SYLPOE with total water self-sufficiency in the event of an emergency or terrorist event.

“Floating” Inspection Canopy New levels of visibility and security are achieved by replacing the 70 columns normally needed to support 770’ of double-stacked (two per lane) vehicle inspection booths with just four high-performance pylons. The invention of a cable “quad-stay” support system brings elegance and allows the very-long-span roof to be just 2’ deep.

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SYLPOE’s edge-to-edge 39-acre modernization is designed for phased construction. The first phase, opened in September 2014, includes a 30,000sf Primary Inspection Canopy, a 62,000sf Secondary Inspection Canopy, other buildings totaling 225,000sf, advanced security features, and 26 vehicle processing lanes with double-stacked officer booths.

It’s the first-ever 24/7/365 facility to achieve LEED Platinum, NetZero Energy, and NetZero Non-Potable Water, with border crossing wait times dropping from over 3 hours to less than 20 minutes. Protected by the most advanced security approach in the entire U.S. system, the Port’s signature mix of structure and architecture creates a welcoming first impression for visitors to the U.S. The modernization project also brings the potential to inject billions into the economies of U.S. and Mexico. Delivered on time and budget, SYLPOE is a model for not only future ports, but projects of all kinds.