GCE was subcontracted for the demolition and restoration of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Facility in Why, Arizona, on property leased from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The existing facility was no longer in use due to the construction of a state-of-the-art facility adjacent to the site. This facility consisted of two buildings, multiple shade structures, approximately 1.2 acres of asphalt and concrete surfacing, walls, fencing, lighting, and other support items. This facility was previously used as offices for agents and for the processing and holding of detainees, which required it to be designed and constructed as an essential structure based on International Building Code requirements. Essential structures are the strongest structures built and are made to serve as emergency shelters during earthquakes, hurricanes, and other emergencies.
GCE recycled numerous items from the site including electronic gates, light poles, HVAC equipment, and shade structures to reduce the amount of landfilled material. GCE also provided minimal vegetation disturbance during construction activities to restore the site to a nearly native condition.
In total, GCE disposed of approximately 4,700 tons of building materials and completed the project in accordance with all project plans and to the satisfaction of the USACE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. GCE was able to mobilize crew and equipment to this remote site for an extended period due to the benefits of owning its own equipment and the flexible nature of the incumbent staff.