Construction Contract Awarded for New U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 21, 2012

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the $126 million design/build contract, awarded through best value determination, for the new U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin to B.L. Harbert International, LLC of Birmingham, Alabama.

The multi-building complex, located in downtown Cotonou, will consist of a new office building, utility building, support annex, and warehouse. The project, scheduled for completion in July 2015, will provide a state-of-the-art workspace for over 170 embassy employees.

The concept design architect is Yost, Grube, Hall of Portland, Oregon and the architect of record is Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia.

The new facility will incorporate numerous sustainable features, most notably a veiling sunshade that provides enhanced mitigation against solar heat gain. The facility also features a photovoltaic array, occupancy sensors, low-flow water fixtures, solar thermal hot water, rainwater collection, daylight harvesting, and reuse of waste water effluent for irrigation.

Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, OBO has completed 94 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 38 projects in design or 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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PRN: 2012/1829