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Peace Arch U.S. Port of Entry

The Peace Arch border station involved construction of a new port building and vehicular inspections including 10 inbound primary inspection lanes and 40 secondary inspection spaces.

This large, complex renovation project required extensive collaboration between JE Dunn, the GSA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Highway Administration, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the City of Blaine, as well as agencies in Canada to complete the project. The site is approximately 10 acres and is bound by Semiahoo Bay to the west and Peace Arch State Park and the Canadian border to the north.

The design of the Peace Arch consists of four elements:

  1. A metallic panel and glass curtain wall-clad conventional two-story rectangular building houses the public and administrative offices of Customs and Border Protection.
  2. Primary Vehicle Inspection consists of 10 individual processing booths with a single steel roof structure.
  3. Secondary Inspections include 40 parking spaces covered by a steel roof structure.
  4. A new I-5 northbound bridge and design-build highway carries traffic over the west end of the new port building and allows vehicular traffic for secondary inspections to flow beneath.


  • Design Excellence Award 2010, General Services Administration