GSA’s contractor, J&J Contractors, Inc. of Lowell, Mass., plans to have all three buildings complete in fall of 2012, with fit-out work for Customs and Border Protection, GSA’s tenant agency, and additional site work to be completed thereafter, a public affairs officer with GSA New England said Monday in an email.
GSA anticipates that the port will be operational by the spring of 2013.
The buildings are constructed using an insulated pre-cast concrete wall system covered with anodized aluminum panels that give the buildings their dark bronze color. The mass of concrete in the wall panel, combined with insulation, will result in an energy efficient structure.
The facility will be heated by a ground-source geothermal heating system, which will also provide cooling on hot summer days in northern Maine. More than 40 400-foot-deep geothermal wells were drilled on the site as part of this geothermal system. The building is also on track to receive a LEED Silver rating from the US Green Building Council. This project is being constructed using the “bridging-design-build” delivery method. This delivery method allowed GSA to expedite the project and meet the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, through which the $31 million project was funded. The Van Buren port of entry has been sitting in temporary trailer facilities since it was damaged in the severe flooding of the St. John River in 2008. The project team includes Julie Snow Architects, J&J Contractors, Robert Siegel Architects, and Coast and Harbor Associates.