Unlike the large amount of stone and steel used at other ports, the Warroad Land Port of Entry capitalizes on the region's history of working with wood.
The Warroad LPOE features a T-shape, with two elements of the structure paralleling the Canandian border.
The use of cedar not only references the area's heritage of working with wood, but alos creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere underneath the building's canopies.
The cedar on the exterior was treated with a low-VOC stain and was installed with a ventilated cavity system that increases the material's longevity and reduces moisture and mold buildup.
The building is built on 60-foot-deep steel friction piles topped by a structural slab to address soggy soil conditions on site. Landscaping also addresses the boggy conditions and potential stormwater troubles.