Van Buren Land Port of Entry
The Van Buren Land Port of Entry is to be an iconic LEED-certified United States Border Patrol facility located at the US/Canadian in Van Buren, Maine. The collaborative conceptual design team, led by Julie Snow Architects, prioritizes regional sustainability and site sensitivity through the use of materials and forms responding to the unique Acadian vernacular of northern Maine.
Coen + Partners assisted in structure placement and developed a site response establishing logical movement patterns for both through border traffic and station employees. Given the site’s proximity to the Saint John River, Coen + Partners choreographed a storm water cleansing system for the site. Storm water passes through a series vegetated drainage channels, underground detention and infiltration chambers, and vegetated detention ponds, thoroughly cleansing the runoff waters prior to entering the adjacent River.
The overall landscape concept utilizes beautiful and efficient plant and hardscape materials to reflect the northern Maine ecology and dignity of the United States Government. The site is characterized by linear interventions that recall histories of the site and of the region. Earthen mounds approximately four-feet high extend through the site recalling potato harvest mounds. The sculptural mounds are planted with native grasses and wildflowers. Bold rows of tree plantings create a defined edge and reinforce site circulation. The seasonality and unique form of the earthen mounds, drainage channels, and native plantings will be a comfortable and engaging environment for employees and visitors.
Location: Van Buren, Maine
Collaboration: Julie Snow Architects
Select Awards: Progressive Architecture Award, Architect Magazine, GSA Award Citation ‘On the Boards-Architecture’
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