A new US customs inspection station has opened at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida following a US$5.7m expansion project that will enable the airport to adapt to future workloads, technologies and operational needs.
The state-of-the-art 7,900ft² facility will have extended operational hours with staff now available 8:00am until midnight EDT daily and, according to the airport, will “optimize speed and efficiency and dramatically improve service delivery for corporate and recreational travelers who arrive at the airport from around the globe”.
The project reflects Fort Lauderdale’s citywide commitment to sustainability by incorporating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles to reduce operating costs and energy consumption, while minimizing impacts to the surrounding environment. The building has achieved LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council as a result of numerous sustainability features, including effective use of natural day lighting; highly efficient lighting fixtures and controls; ultra-high efficiency mechanical equipment; use of systems to recycle rainwater; solar responsive lighting; native landscaping; and a high performance thermal envelope to minimize energy usage.
“The City of Fort Lauderdale has been a tremendous partner by providing a facility with style and functionality, that is one of the best equipped facilities in the country,” said US Customs and Border Protection agency port director, Jorge Roig. “We look forward to building on our partnership to better serve our community.”
October 6, 2015