By Joel Scanlon
Thermablok aerogel insulating strips of 21,000 linear feet were installed at the 51,000 square- foot, new Green Fabens U.S. Border Patrol Station facility, located in Clint, Texas.
Architect’s rendering of the 51,000 square foot Fabens Border Patrol Station
Thermablok uses the NASA aerogel technology in order to minimize heat transfer or thermal bridging, which is the main reason of energy loss in buildings. When Houston-based Jacobs Engineering group and San Antonio-based RVK Architects partnered for design of this eco-friendly structure, whose plan had been formulated over several years, Thermoblok was incorporated in the initial design.
The compound includes five structures that consist of a 50,585-square-foot patrol station with administrative offices, training rooms and holding or detention spaces. It also includes a 9,834- square- foot maintenance building with storage, vehicle washing station, fueling station, horse corral and canine shelter. The facility furthermore includes staff and visitor parking, an impound lot, helicopter landing pad and controlled access. The site is expected to have its construction completed by June, 2012.
Construction at the site, about 30 mi southeast of El Paso along the Rio Grande, began in April 2011, seven months after SpawGlass was awarded the contract in September 2010.