Owner: Detroit – Windsor Tunnel Corporation
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Size: Multiple Buildings and Site Work
The pre-study brief on the feasibility of the new Customs Facility recommended a multi-level deck due to the site constraints. However, JPTA quickly realized that there was another way to manage the difficult program. Using some very creative brainstorming, we were able to find a way to successfully place the entire vehicular program on the street level. This was accomplished by two events: negotiating a land buy/sell with a neighbouring property; and turning the primary administration building into a bridge that straddled the actual tunnel opening. This option resulted in a $6,000,000.00 net savings compared to the pre-study budget allowance.
This project involved the design and construction of all the new facilities and a total redevelopment of the existing tunnel land in downtown Windsor. The program consisted of primary and secondary inspection stations, immigration offices, administration offices, toll booths, storage facilities, detention quarters as well as vehicular circulation design.
One of the most important aspects of the project was the fact that the entire customs operation was kept fully operational for the entire duration of construction. This was accomplished by our rigorous efforts in planning, phasing and scheduling. This customs check point processes over 4,000 cars per day; along with the Ambassador Bridge, the Tunnel forms the busiest international border crossing facility in North America. Due to an increase in cross-border traffic and the new age of security issues facing governments, this projects stands as a testament to proper master planning and facility design.