Land Port of Entry

The Tornillo Land Port of Entry between the United States and Mexico was designed primarily for non-commercial truck traffic, so it contains high truck canopies for import and export, inspection docks, and non-intrusive inspection equipment. Commercial lanes for private vehicle traffic were also included.

The facility consists of eleven buildings: an Administration Building, a Secondary Head House; a Canine Kennel, a Central Physical Plant, a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission facility, and a Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration facility. The central chilled water plant has two air-cooled chillers that serve the various buildings through an underground chilled water loop. An extensive array of photo voltaic energy panels on the roofs of buildings and canopies provides much of the electricity that the port of entry uses every day.

The project was design for LEED Silver certification. In addition to providing enhanced commissioning of all mechancial and electrical systems, Bath tested the Tridium energy management system that allows the GSA to monitor and control the port's systems from a central control office in Atlanta. Virtually all GSA buildings are managed from that location. Bath's scope of work included testing the on-site Automated Logic Corporation direct digital control system and the BACnet interfaces between the ALC system and the Tridium system. Bath's final commissioning report for this multi-year project has over 1,200 pages. 

Systems Commissioned:

  • Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
  • Direct Digital Control Systems
  • Emergency Power Photo Voltaic On-Site Energy Generation
  • Lighting Controls
  • Domestic Hot Water Fire Protection
  • Fire Alarm Building Pressurization