The Port of Entry meets the complex, high-tech security and administrative needs of Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security while promoting circulation on the site for commercial and recreational traffic. The wood-clad building responds to the physical and aesthetic challenges of a wetland site in a remote northern location.

Jury: “One of the most elegant premeditated pieces of architecture around, it feels civic and that it belongs.”

Client: “The architect is crucial to the integrated design process. They bring an overarching holisitic perspective that permeates the entire project from landscape and site design to finishes and maintenance concerns. Julie Snow Architects was persistent in pushing the envelope during the design process and challenged many assumptions about northern border facilities.”  —Robert Theel, AIA, chief architect, great lakes region, U.S. General Services Administration