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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi
NAIROBI, Kenya (May 17, 2018) — In a demonstration of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi.
The new U.S. Embassy Annex will provide a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable platform for diplomacy. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
Krueck + Sexton of Chicago, Illinois is the design architect for the project and Integrus Architecture of Spokane, Washington is the architect of record. Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama is the construction contractor.
Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 142 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 59 projects in design or under construction.
OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to host nations and support our staff in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent U.S. values and the best in U.S. architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.
For further information, please contact Nicole Greenfield at GreenfieldNM@state.gov, or visit www.state.gov/obo.
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Ground Breaking Fact Sheet: New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi, Kenya
Design Architect: Krueck + Sexton of Chicago, Illinois
Architect of Record: Integrus Architecture of Spokane, Washington
General Contractor: Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama
Total Project Budget: $225,601,000
This New Office Annex is an important symbol of the enduring friendship between the United States and Kenya.
The new building will be situated on approximately 6-acres of the existing 15.75-acre Embassy site.
Additional highlights of the project include a parking garage, utility building, Marine Security Guard Residence expansion, a new access control building, and renovations to the existing Chancery and USAID buildings.
The construction contract was awarded in September of 2017, and completion is anticipated in 2021.
Design and Construction
The design responds to the site through simple, cohesive building forms and incorporation of native landscape to tie the existing and new portions of the compound together.
The façade takes advantage of solar orientation with an integrated approach to sun shading through breezeways and deep overhangs.
An estimated workforce of 800 American, Kenyan, and other workers will be involved in the construction of the new office annex.
The new office annex adds to the campus a pursuit of rigorous energy-saving and sustainability goals, aiming to reduce environmental impact, optimize building performance, and enhance the self-sufficiency of the compound. Additionally, landscape linking the new building to the existing compound building is designed as an educational habitat, highlighting native and endangered species specific to Kenya and Nairobi.
The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system and will earn LEED Silver status.
The permanent art collection, curated by the Office of Art in Embassies, will include art in a variety of media, including painting, photography, textile and sculpture.
Artists will be included from both the United States and Kenya. The ultimate focus of the collection will be artwork that creates a dialogue of shared cultural values between American and Kenyan artists.
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