Massena’s new Port of Entry building wins design awards
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 6:19 am

MASSENA -- The new Land Port of Entry at Massena New York has received another honor with the presentation of one of the U.S. General Service Administration's 2010 Design Awards.

GSA's biennial design awards recognize the best in public architecture and civilian federal workplaces including land ports of entry, federal courthouses, and office buildings.

The winners are selected by a jury of private sector design and building professionals. This year's 11 winners showcase what GSA calls the federal government's commitment to cutting-edge architectural design and its focus on sustainability.

The Massena Land Port of Entry was recognized for both its architecture as well as the public art that was installed there under GSA's Art in Architecture Program.

Massena's new Land Port of Entry, designed by Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects of New York City, sits on a 45-acre site and has provided expanded and enhanced capability for transportation through the border crossing.

Last year the Massena LPOE was recognized with a 2010 Green GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum/European Centre for Architecture, Art and Urban Design Studies, as well as being selected by NY Construction magazine and Engineering News Record for one of its Best of 2010 awards.

Alan Michelson's "Third Bank of the River," a 40-foot-long art glass window panorama documenting several miles of the local border shoreline between the U.S. and Canada that is installed at the site, was also recognized last year by the Public Art Network (PAN). It was included in that group's 2010 Year in Review, an annual compilation of the most compelling works of public art from around the country.