maida border crossing
A before and after picture showing the considerable differences in the new border crossing at Maida, ND


The more than fifty year old U.S. border crossing at Maida, North Dakota has been replaced by a new state of the art facility officially opened this week . Constructed in 1961, the original building had undergone very few renovations and was no longer meeting the security needs of today.

The new facility, almost 5,300 square feet in size, will improve security, officer safety, traffic configuration and efficiency, and will support current inspection requirements. Key components of the new site include one inbound inspection booth and canopy, two-story main building, two officer work stations and two pedestrian processing counters, and an enforcement area consisting of a secure corridor, secure storage area, interview  room, search room, fingerprint station, and two holding areas.

Other interesting facts about the new border crossing include:

- Optimized energy performance of heating and cooling systems to provide a 30% increase of efficiency over a standard building
- Enhanced commissioning and measurement and verification to ascertain that all systems are operating at designed optimums
- Roofing material selected to negate heat island effect of dark roofs
- Solar panel system that delivers 30% per year of domestic hot water needs

The Maida Port of Entry, located on North Dakota Highway 1, adjoins the Canadian port of Windy Gates and is open 9 am to 10 pm daily. Traffic began being processed through the new crossing June 12th.

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