Pedestrian Skybridge from U.S. to Mexico

The Otay-Tijuana Cross Border Xpress (CBX) facility includes an enclosed pedestrian skybridge that spans the U.S./Mexico border, connecting a new passenger building in San Diego directly to the Tijuana Airport (TIJ) terminal immediately south of the border.  The CBX is located in the Otay Mesa area of the City of San Diego, on a total of 55 acre site immediately north of the U.S./Mexico border.  The facility now provides direct, secure access for the more than two million TIJ passengers per year who currently cross the border at congested ports of entry in San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, and endure unpredictable border wait times and often lengthy delays.

As a privately-funded project, CBX is the first facility of its kind globally and received support from government agencies on both sides of the border. The effort involved agreements between the US and Mexican governments to create a 360-foot skybridge over an international border, and the first new US Customs and Border Patrol facility to be built since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. The facility transforms travel between US and Mexico by facilitating a substantially easier and faster border crossing for millions of passengers traveling for leisure and business. Cross Border Express is also expected to be a major catalyst for economic growth on both sides of the border.

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Bergelectric field crews leaned heavily on Berg’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) Department for precise coordination before installation began to help coordinate the underground installation, location of electrical floor boxes, electrical room coordination and light fixture locations.  Bergelectric’s BIM Department utilized innovative software technology to model the project before installation took place. The software used by Bergelectric’s BIM Department included; Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD MEP, Autodesk Navisworks Manager, Trimble Accubid LiveCount, Bleabeam Studio, PlanGrid, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, Autodesk BIM Layout, and BIM 360 Plan Enterprise.

Bergelectric used their Prefabrication Department to prefabricate assemblies like; ductbanks conduit cages, large-scale/highly-technical conduit bends, and conduit supports.  Bergelectric has found that a centralized and secure location with the right specialized equipment and potential for bulk-materials purchasing makes prefabrication a good choice—especially for projects like the Otay-Tijuana Cross Border Xpress facility.  Efficiencies in time, materials, loss prevention and budget have been realized on the CBX facility.

Size
71,683  Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$3.6 Million

Duration
April 2014 – January 2016

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
Turner Construction
Stantec Architecture
Stantec Engineering

Berg Regional Office
San Diego

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