Wellton Border Patrol Station
The newWellton Border Patrol Station, which opened in the fall of 2011, is located inWellton, AZ, about 30 miles northeast of Yuma, AZ. As part of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector, the Wellton Station covers the western portions of Yuma, La Paz and Mojave counties in Arizona, the eastern portions of Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California and the entire state of Nevada. The location of the Wellton Station makes it the first CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) station encountered for individuals headed east after entering the country from San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico (just over the border from Yuma). The new facility will accommodate up to
375 agents whose job it is to cover more than 3,000 square miles of territory plus 65 miles of international border, operate a busy checkpoint and oversee a remote base in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.
The CBP states that the Yuma Sector is one of the fastest growing Border Patrol Sectors in the country, having doubled in size since 2004. To accommodate the growth, a new 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was built, with partial funding from the federal stimulus package. The Wellton Station facility consists of several buildings on a single site, including the main station building which houses administrative offices, storage and training areas, a detention center, a multi-vehicle high security sally port and an exercise and locker room area. The station also includes a canine facility and a 1,600 square foot maintenance building for agent vehicles, ATVs and armored vehicles. Additionally, there is a fueling station, wash building and helicopter pad.
More than 50 local and regional integrators and dealers responded to the RFP, developed by the Army Corps of Engineers who took the lead on the job, which included design/builds for both hard specified video surveillance systems and open access control systems. NAV’s challenge was to ensure their proposal offered supplementary value for the client in addition to addressing the project requirements.