Ajo Border Patrol Station

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Why, Arizona, USA

The Ajo Border Patrol Station is one of the busiest stations in the Southwest, and the station's staff has grown to 302 agents—twelve times the amount of people that the original station was equipped to accommodate. The new station is a "site-adapt" of a 350-agent station in Yuma, Arizona, also designed by HDR. Sited on an undeveloped 32-acre parcel of land from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the new complex includes administration, detention, training areas, offices and SBInet. Agents are equipped to travel remote and rugged terrain with complete equestrian facilities, a helipad, and a full-service auto station, including electronic repair bays, a set of fuel islands, car wash and 753-vehicle parking. The facility achieved LEED Gold certification in part by strategically relegating the region's harsh heat and sun, offsetting electrical use through the use of Photovoltaic panels and using SageGlass as an alternative to sunshades to control heat and glare. 

  • Sustainable Features: Daylighting & Views, Energy Conservation, Heat Island Reduction Strategies, LEED Gold, Photovoltaics, Water Efficient Landscaping, Water Use Reduction
  • Type of Construction: New Construction
  • Size: 62,900 SF (5,840 m²)
  • Project Type: Border Patrol Station, Civic
  • Related Projects: Architecture, Defense, Federal, Federal Architecture