OROVILLE – The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located south of the U.S.-Canada Port of Entry on the west side of Highway 97 took place on Tuesday, July 12.
The new state-of-the-art secure facility meets eco-friendly LEED component certification and will be strategically located near the Oroville Port of Entry. The $15 million project supports operationally required expansion in staffing, technology and infrastructure. During the station’s year-long construction, the agents will be deployed full time on horse patrols, boat patrols, ATVs and snowmobiles and will be operating out of the current Oroville Station location.
The new Oroville Station, part of the Spokane Sector of the USBP, will comprise three separate structures that support 50 to 75 agents and feature expanded installation of cameras, lighting, fencing, enclosed parking and a multi-purpose training facility for horse patrol and K9 detection related activities. The facilities contract has been fully awarded to JKT/PCL Development (Bellevue) and any local contractors seeking employment are directed to inquire via email through www.jktdevelopment.com.
Turning the first shovels of earth for the ground breaking were the Hector Montalvo, Director of Border Patrol Facilities and Tactical Infrastructure; Northern Deputy District Director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, Sheila Stalp; Spokane Sector Chief Patrol Agent, Gloria I. Chavez; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engineer, Mikhail Ekshtut; Patrol Agent in Charge Richard Graham Jr.; Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth; Contractor (JKT) J.R. Lunsford and RCMP Superintendent Steve Lee.
The original station was established in 1924. In 1934 the station was merged with the Toroda Creek and Molson stations and centrally located in Oroville. The Oroville office was moved to several locations prior to the current site. The present Oroville Border Patrol Station was built in 1972 and remodeled in 1989.