Loading Dock Enclosure for U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services

This project included the renovation of the USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ’s) Miami, Fla. plant inspection station, located adjacent to the Miami International Airport. APHIS is charged with safeguarding agricultural and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment and spread of exotic plant pests, diseases, pathogens, and noxious weeds. To carry out this mission, APHIS’ PPQ program inspects plants that are mailed, carried and shipped into the United States by brokers, travelers and nursery owners. APHIS’ plant health safeguarding specialists inspect the plants at one of 17 plant inspection stations, including the Miami facility, at ports of entry throughout the country including major international airports and seaports and key crossings along the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Miami facility is the busiest plant inspection station in the United States, handling more than 75 percent of all propagative plant material imported into the United States.

Foresight was tasked with enclosing and air-conditioning the stations’ 18-bay, 5,000-sf loading dock area along with interior renovations of its Inspection and Holding areas. Interior renovations include construction of new offices with associated drywall/masonry, ACT, electrical and fire protection disciplines of work. The palletization and removal of an existing fumigation chamber with all appurtenances was also included in our scope of work.