The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is one of the busiest land ports in the world. A new transit center is proposed on the west side of the Port at Virginia Avenue and on the East side of the Outlets at the Border, a commercial outlet facility that is more than a half mile long and a quarter mile wide. This transit center is adjacent to the new West Pedestrian building and together will provide an additional pedestrian border crossing. This project is part of a larger three-phased expansion and reconfiguration project estimated at $700 million.
The Virginia Avenue Transit Center (VATC) project consists of a new transit center and the widening of Virginia Avenue to accommodate buses, taxis, jitneys, personal vehicles, and pedestrians who travel between the U.S. and Mexico through the port facility.
The U.S. General Services administration (GSA) retained the services of Interactive Resources to provide project management and oversight for the bridging design services for the project as part of the design-build team. Our subconsultant, GHD, Inc. provided civil, structural, stormwater, SWPPP, photo simulation, paving, cost estimating, landscape, irrigation, and site security services. Project stakeholders were extensive and included the City of San Diego, US Customs and Border Patrol, San Diego Police and Fire Departments, SANDAG (Association of Governments), Caltrans, San Diego Metropolitan Transit Systems (MTS), the Border Project Program Manager, adjacent project teams, The Outlets at the Border development, and GSA staff.
The project site was approximately 2.5 acres and included critical infrastructure coordination on all sides. GSA requested an accelerated project delivery schedule and an enhanced deliverable (complete City plan check set) mid-contract; our team welcomed the challenge and went beyond the original scope, completing work for GSA on time and within budget.