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Performa Wins National Competition in GSA’s Design Excellence Program

August 30th, 2010

Performa Inc. recently won a national design competition sponsored by the General Service Administration (GSA) to design the new $40 million Land Port of Entry located in Madawaska, Maine.

The Design Excellence Program is the center for GSA’s advocacy of design quality and artistic expression. It establishes nationwide policies for selecting “the finest and most appropriate architects for GSA commissions.” Performa competed against world-class competition and was judged by distinguished private-sector design professionals appointed by the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service to assist GSA. GSA specified the project to enhance safety and provide a secure point of arrival and departure for pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the Canadian Border. In addition, the new design is required to make a distinct architectural statement, a symbol of the United States appropriate to first impressions on entering the United States. The design must also be responsive to the local climate and cultures.

The project includes an expansion and replacement of the existing 48 year old, 6,000 square foot,   single building with a new 27,000 square foot, multiple-building facility to accommodate DHS/ICE and GSA requirements for the project. The facility will integrate an array of complex screening technologies and security measures.

The United States Port Facility at Madawaska, Maine, is located within an urban setting along the waterfront area on the Saint-John River, adjacent to the International Bridge. It serves as the port of entry between Madawaska, Maine, and Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada.

When Performa CEO Jeff Kanzelberger was asked to comment he said, “Of course we are thrilled.  Performa’s principal design premise is that operations drive all elements of design. This project is essentially a challenge of complex process flow, integrating state-of-the-art and emerging technologies, security and symbolism. It is particularly heartening that Performa’s enduring commitment to balance our clients’ operational effectiveness with design has merited national attention.”

Visit Performa’s Web site to see how architectural distinction and operational savings go hand-in-hand.

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