Rep. McSally Announces Tucson-Based Company Wins GSA Contract for Douglas Port of Entry Feasibility Study
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today announced that the Douglas Port of Entry is another step closer to modernization. U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a Tucson-based architectural firm, Line and Space, with the contract for the feasibility study to evaluate necessary upgrades and expansions of the port.
“GSA’s selection of a contractor shows that this feasibility study is on track and that the Douglas Port of Entry modernization project is progressing. After years of fighting to move this project forward, I am pleased to announce another step towards completion. Right now our Customs and Border Protection Officers are doing the best they can with an outdated and inadequate facility, but they are dealing with steep increases in two-way traffic and if this project is not completed, our port won’t be able to meet the minimum requirements to keep up. Modernizing our port and building a new one in Douglas is not just good for our local economy—it is necessary for our security. I won’t stop until this project is a reality,” said Congresswoman McSally.
Built in 1933 and last renovated over twenty years ago, the Douglas Port of Entry has experienced a steady increase in traffic and is inadequately equipped to keep up with the demand. The City of Douglas has been attempting to secure the approval of a new Commercial Port of Entry since 2012—but once Congresswoman Martha McSally took up the cause on her first day in office, she has effectively driven the project forward. Rep. McSally worked with the Trump Administration to successfully secure funding for the feasibility study, which is a necessary step to move the modernization and expansion of the port forwards. The modernization project is expected to be completed within the next five years because she successfully pressed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to include it in their Five-Year Plan.
"We are pleased to see that the General Services Administration is moving forward with the feasibility study that will look at the investments needed to modernize the existing port of entry and the urgent need to relocate commercial traffic to a new port of entry. Having Congresswoman McSally carrying the message on behalf of Douglas and the binational community helps us move forward with confidence. Thanks to Congresswoman McSally for her work—we look forward to what this means for our city, economy, and security,” said Robert Uribe, Mayor for the City of Douglas.
Under the terms of the contract, Line and Space will be tasked with preparing a list of building improvements necessary to modernize the Raul Hector Castro Land Port of Entry port with the project team and will develop a project priority that meets the mission requirements for the CBP and GSA. The Contractor will review maintenance service request logs, GSA building evaluation reports, facility condition assessments and any available technical studies with the project team.