Port of Entry Jackman Border Station in Sandy Bay Township, Maine. Courtesy OA Architects
The Port of Entry Jackman Border Station earned LEED Gold certification – the first port of entry building in the nation to earn Gold certification. The new port of entry facility replaced an existing Customs and Border Protection facility.
Thornton Tomasetti was the LEED consultant facilitating two sustainable design charrettes with the design team during the concept design phase. Regular engagement of the design and the construction teams during the early stages resulted in exceeding the initial target from LEED certification to LEED Gold certification. Water conservation and energy efficient strategies, such as drought tolerant landscape, native vegetation, waterless urinals, wind turbines, FSC-certified wood and construction waste diversion, were undertaken to achieve sustainability goals.
The project incorporates energy efficient strategies, water conservation, wind turbines, FSC-certified wood and construction waste diversion to achieve sustainability goals of 50% energy savings. Particular emphasis was placed on the main port building’s orientation and building envelope, as energy performance, material selections, daylight and views have a strong impact on the architecture of the building. The building is a passive solar structure, with glazing and sun control devices on the long south-facing elevation. The glazing concurrently provides external and internal visibility for inspectors and daylight, and views well within the building structure.
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