The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a task order contract for design and construction of a new Border Patrol Station to MCC/Catamount, LLC as the builder, and WKMC Architects, Inc. as the designer. This new complex is the first facility in Texas that co-locates the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Customs Office of Field Operations.
About 100 area BPS agents and 20 OFO customs officers share this new space. In addition to offices, meeting rooms, a muster room, temporary holding cells, and a processing/booking area, the facility includes nearly 10,000 square feet of parking under canopies, an 8,400 SF warehouse, nearly 2,000-square-foot wash station and a kennel, all of which substantially improve the capabilities of personnel in this area.
The complex is planned for future growth of office space as may be needed. The facility is planned in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council and has earned a LEED Silver certification. It is designed for improved energy savings, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Particular strategies include a geo-plant using an open loop pump system to cycle groundwater through heat exchangers in the central plant. The process also creates an opportunity to gain efficiency with integrated heat pump water heaters.