Van Buren US Land Port of Entry

The site concept for the Van Buren Land Port of Entry uses beautiful and economic materials to reflect the northern Maine ecology and dignity of the United States Government.  The site is characterized by linear interventions recalling histories of the site and region.  Earthen mounds approximately four (4) feet high extend through the site evoking traditional landscape forms from the potato and forest industries.  Long linear drainage swales suggest previous patterns of settlement and land use while expressing and conveying stormwater movement.  The ground plane surfacing is defined through elegant and simple transitions.  Monolithic areas of concrete, bituminous, and aggregate surfacing highlight vehicular, pedestrian, and recreational circulation areas and speeds.  Native grass plantings and wildflower gardens define the non-occupiable site areas while helping to infiltrate stormwater.  Defined site lines, edges, and buffers are created through tree plantings to help reinforce site circulation, movement, and surveillance.  The seasonality and unique forms of the earthen mounds, drainage channels, surfacing materials, and native plantings combined, create a comfortable and engaging environment for employees and visitors to the station.     


LOCATION: Van Buren, Maine

COLLABORATORS: Snow Kreilich Architects (SKA), Government Services Administration (GSA)

SIZE: 46,000 SF/ 1.0 Acres

RECOGNITION: 2011 P/A (Public Architecture) Award, AIA (SKA), 2014 GSA‘on the boards,’ progressive architecture award, architect magazine (GSA Design Award, Honor Award), 2016 ASLA Merit Award, Minnesota Chapter