Champlain U.S. Land Port of Entry
- Henry Smith-Miller, Design Partner and Architect, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, LLP
- Location: Champlain, New York, USA
- Year Completed: 2006
- End Use: Government, Transportation
- Architect: Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, LLP – New York, NY
- General Contractor: Northland Associates, Inc. – Liverpool, NY
- Owner: U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Dept. of Homeland Security
The very first thing that travelers now see when entering the United States in Champlain, NY is beautiful etched metal fabric from Cambridge Architectural. The Champlain Port of Entry, one of the northern border’s busiest crossings, is now outfitted with two different Cambridge Architectural systems that lend stunning aesthetic appeal and inherent functionality to its primary inspection booths and two adjacent processing facilities.
The Cambridge system features a ten-lane-wide expanse of metal fabric etched with the words "United States of America" above the inspection booths, and panels etched with the word "Champlain" outfit a two-story cargo processing facility. Meanwhile, a mesh shading system modernizes the Port’s Commercial Processing Facility.
Cambridge’s material shines and shades in the Port of Entry’s Commercial Processing Facility. The facility utilizes a shading system to screen the harsh sunlight entering the south side of the building without obstructing views from the interior. At the same time, the mesh is opaque when viewed from the exterior for privacy purposes. Finally, the mesh panels on all three applications at the Port of Entry were built to last in the high-traffic area, and its extreme temperatures.
To fit the overall design needs for the Port of Entry, Cambridge worked closely with the project team, via full-size mock-ups, to make sure that every component performed according to design drawings and specification. In the end, this method streamlined the installation process and reduced project costs. Additionally, stainless steel architectural mesh is a material that is virtually indestructible, outlasting most other materials in durability, and is 100% recyclable. It can contribute to solar heat gain reduction and does not mitigate views - all important considerations for high-performance buildings like those at the Champlain Port of Entry. Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC® and helps architects take maximum advantage of LEED credit through the many categories in which architectural mesh systems apply, including optimized energy performance, incorporation of recycled content, the facilitation of daylighting and new construction.