San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (SYLPOE) is the busiest land port in the Western Hemisphere. The newly completed gateway creates a welcoming point of arrival that supports the interconnected relationship of the two cultures of San Diego and Tijuana.
Phase 3 of SYPLOE began in 2014 and culminated Miller Hull’s ten-year role at the port as master plan and design architect. Consisting of multiple structures, this final phase increased inbound inspection lanes with a fourth iconic cable pylon and associated canopies and completed the outbound operations of the port with administrative buildings and canopies, and a realignment of Southbound freeway lanes for a smoother transition into Tijuana.
The parking garage is the largest structure on site and is clad in a perforated horizontal metal panel system, which allows for open-air ventilation, visual seclusion and shade. The Phase 3 inbound and outbound canopies continue the light, airy language of translucent roofs and long spans begun with the first phase. These canopies, along with the Outbound Operations building’s precast concrete, steel and cerulean fiber cement, work together to unify the campus, and create an environment of civic pride, safety, and mutual respect between officers and the traveling public. SYLPOE is on track to achieve a LEED platinum rating, with sustainable features such as a solar photovoltaic system, a solar thermal hot water system and a geothermal heat exchange system.