Located on the heavily traveled area of Gateway to the Americas (Bridge I), the Outlet Shoppes at Laredo is a 358,000 square-foot shopping center in Laredo, Texas. The first phase of the project includes two levels of retail shopping, a two-level food court, one level for parking and a children’s play area. Six hundred covered parking spaces are conveniently located at the ground level, and a circulator bus will serve an additional 1,700 parking spaces. The construction features Type I-B and Type II-B non-combustible construction with fire sprinklers. The retail space includes eight buildings separated by firewalls and connected by exterior walkways and exterior shade or roof structures. Upon completion, the shopping center is expected to increase tourism revenue by attracting millions of Mexican shoppers in addition to the 900,000 residents in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo.