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May 1, 2014

Peace Arch wins top GSA award

Photo by Mike DeRosa Photography [enlarge]

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson won an Honor Award from the U.S. General Services Administration for designing the Peace Arch U.S. Port of Entry in Blaine.

The LEED gold border crossing was honored for preserving the character of the scenic roadway and landscape while accommodating 88,300 square feet of new construction, including a 34,400-square-foot port building with 10 lanes for primary inspection, 40 spaces of secondary inspection and a new highway bridge.

“It is an enormous responsibility to design a gateway to your nation,” said Robert Miller, BCJ principal for the project, in a release. “One must create a statement representative of the pride and respect we feel... yet at the same time allow the building to be somewhat humble and inevitable in the landscape.”

BCJ received the award at the biannual ceremony held in Washington, D.C. The program celebrates design and creativity in federal projects led by architects, engineers, urban and interior designers, and preservationists.

The general contractor was J.E. Dunn Construction.

BCJ has five offices throughout the U.S., including one in Seattle.

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