Seen from the Canadian exit, the Van Buren Land Port of Entry is a Z-shaped port due to a tight, narrow site. Skylights installed in the canopy of the initial inspection areas wil filter daylight, while a silk screen with a forest camouflage pattern on the buildings will control glare and filter light for enclosed areas.
Van Buren will incorporate a geothermal system combined with radiant heating. The final number and total depth of the wells is yet to be determined.
The new Van Buren LPOE will replace a facility damaged by flooding in 2008. The new site will feature low mounds to help manage stormwater.