Ground Breaking Ceremony: Media Note

In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the Republic of Chad, U.S. Ambassador to Chad James Knight broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena today.

The new Embassy will be situated on a 12-acre site in the Chagoua neighborhood southeast of downtown N’Djamena, and will include a chancery, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, a warehouse and shops, a utility building, and facilities for the Embassy community.  When completed, the new complex will provide Embassy employees with a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable workplace.

The $225 million project will incorporate numerous sustainable features, including a sunscreen to provide shading and reduce building heat, water features to collect and channel storm water, photovoltaic solar power arrays, and energy-efficient lighting and building controls.  The facility’s design targets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The design architect is Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa Monica, California, and Page of Arlington, Virginia is the architect of record.  The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2016, and will be constructed by BL Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama.

Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 120 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 40 projects in design or under construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives.  These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

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