LSIB project coincides with green initiative across the border

New facilities at Nighthawk border crossing includes wind turbines


To travellers heading into Washington State via the Chopaka – Nighthawk crossing, the construction taking place at the U.S. border crossing since spring of this year is nothing new.

The Nighthawk, Port of Entry has been undergoing a design/build modernization this year. The U.S. General Services Administration, on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, has also incorporated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) components and energy construction measures into the project plans for the Nighthawk entry point.

The LEED 2009 Green Building Rating System is a set of performance standards for certifying the design and construction of institutional buildings. Seven key areas are being addressed with this new construction, including such things as water efficieincy, environmental preservation, indoor environmental quality and design innovation.

The Nighthawk facility will receive LEED points for implementing the following items at the site:

– use of regional materials.

– water use reduction.

– optimal energy performance.

– use of low – emitting materials.

Upgrades will also include the construction of two wind turbines that will generate 20 kilowatts of electricity. One hundred and fifty prophylactic solar panels, designed to produce 33 kilowatts of electricity, will also be installed, affixed to solar tracking devices. A ground source heat pump and two roof mounted solar panels complete the energy efficient upgrades.The two roof mounted solar panels produce hot water that reverts to a heater/storage tank.

Construction for the Nighthawk modernization project is anticipated for completion in the spring of 2012.






Just Posted

Motorcyclist medevaced to Kelowna after collision with deer near Apex Mountain Resort

Male suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries to his neck

First-time basketball tournament in Keremeos aims to bring community together

Registration deadline is Aug. 21, tourney happens on Aug. 24

Hawk chick that was cared for in the Okanagan euthanized

Public warned against keeping wildlife after hawk chick had to be euthanized

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

Okanagan filmmakers take top awards at Reel Peach Festival

Films submitted to the contest were shown over the five days of the Penticton Peach Festival

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Summerland’s downtown has gone through numerous changes

Main Street has been commercial hub of community for many years

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Okanagan climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside Vernon head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

Most Read