United States Border Station

ARCHITECT: Ross Barney + Jankowski

LOCATION: Sault Ste. Marie, MI

A three-story building for the General Services Administration (GSA) at the U.S. and Canadian border. The total area of the building is 38,900 sq. ft.  It houses offices, conference rooms, a firing range, detention spaces, inspection garages, and a warehouse. There is also a pedestrian bridge and a large canopy structure over the inspection booths and driving lanes.

As part of the security considerations, a structural analysis was made to prevent progressive collapse due to explosions.

The architectural design followed the guidelines for LEED certification. The building features a green roof over the entire sloped roof structure.

Unique aspects of the structure are the facility’s faceted vegetative roof and the curved canopy over the booths.  A bridge connects the canopy with the main border building and functions as the station’s public lobby.  Two office floors and enclosed parking are set under an undulating vegetative roof, while the upper level features a high plane reflecting the angular form of the green roof.  The building is clad in stone and copper siding.

United States Border Station
ARCHITECT: Ross Barney + Jankowski
LOCATION: Sault Ste. Marie, MI
A three-story building for the General Services Administration (GSA) at the U.S. and Canadian border. The total area of the building is 38,900 sq. ft., and it houses offices, conference rooms, a firing range, detention spaces, inspection garages, and a warehouse. There is also a pedestrian bridge and a large canopy structure over the inspection booths and driving lanes.

As part of security considerations, a structural analysis was made to prevent progressive collapse due to explosions.

The architectural design was based on sustainable or green architecture and followed the guidelines for LEED certification. The building features a green roof over the entire sloping roof structure.
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