In January 2012, work was completed on a much-needed upgrade to Canada’s Prescott Border Crossing into the United States. The renovations will help the facility, which was originally constructed in 1960, better meet the needs of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). To help match the facility’s aesthetics with its new modernity, the architectural firm in charge of the project, Farrow Architects Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario, turned to ALPOLIC aluminum composite material.
The renovation was undertaken as part of the Canadian government’s nationwide plan to modernize all border crossings. For its part, the Prescott crossing station received a new commercial building, two commercial processing lanes, a bigger traveler building and a new warehouse for the examination and processing of shipments. The goal of the project, according to the CBSA, was to enable the facility to handle a higher volume of traffic while ensuring the continued safety and security of the Canadian – U.S. border.
From an aesthetic perspective, the facility owes its sophisticated new image to the 4mm-thick ACM panels utilized on the canopy, fascia, columns and booths. Three material colors were utilized on the project—Champagne Metallic, Mica Champagne and Stone Gray. The material was formed into panels and installed by Cladco Corporation of Burlington, Ontario. Cladco credited the ALPOLIC for “giving a very modern and sharp twist on the new border crossing facility.”
ALPOLIC is manufactured by Mitsubishi Plastics Composites America Inc.