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On October 1 the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and the Bureau of Administration announced the contracts awarded for the new embassy/consulate/annex constructions in Mexico, Burundi, Afghanistan and Yemen:
Type: New Consulate Compound (NCC)
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Contract: $101.9 million
Contractor: Yates-Desbuild of Philadelphia, Mississippi
Completion date: December 2012
The project consists of a consulate building, three compound access control facilities, parking garage, recreation facility, vehicle maintenance facility, and a mail screening facility. The NCC will provide a safe, secure and functional facility for 232 employees who will work at the consulate. The 10.2 acre site, located in the Santa Catarina Municipality of Monterrey, Mexico, was acquired from a corporate owner, Inversiones DD, S.A. de C.V., for $26.9 million in 2008. The NCC will replace the currently leased consulate which has been occupied by the United States Government since 1969. The Monterrey NCC is the third major project undertaken by OBO in Mexico in the last ten years. OBO completed the construction on the consulate in Ciudad Juárez in November 2008 and will complete the consulate in Tijuana in May 2010.
Type: New Embassy Compound (NEC)
Location: Bujumbura, Burundi
Contract: $109 million
Contractor: Caddell Construction, Inc. of Montgomery, Alabama
Completion date: March 2012
The project consists of a chancery building, a support annex/warehouse, a Marine security guard quarters, recreation facilities, three compound access control facilities and related site development. The NEC will provide a safe, secure and functional facility for 97 desk employees who will work at the embassy. The 10 acre site located in the Kigobe neighborhood in Bujumbura, Burundi was acquired from the Government of Burundi for $3 million in September 2008. The NEC will replace the current embassy, which was constructed in 1955.
Type: New Office Annex (NOX) and housing
Location: At the Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan
Contract: $209 million
Contractors: Joint Venture of ECC International Constructors (ECCI-C JV) and Tepe-Metag JV of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Completion date: February 2012
The project consists of a New Office Annex which will accommodate (number of personnel not supplied) and Phase I of the housing. The NOX and the housing will provide safe, secure and functional facilities for the employees who will work and will reside at the embassy.
Type: New Office Annex (NOX), housing, and support facilities
Location: At the Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen
Contract: $110.8 million
Contractor: Zafer Contracting Construction and Trade Company, Inc. of Ankara, Turkey
Completion date: January 2013
The project consists of a New Office Annex which will accommodate 57 desks and on compound housing. The NOX and the housing will provide safe, secure, and functional facilities for the employees who will work and will reside at the embassy. On September 17, 2008, terrorist attacked the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a. A number of explosions occurred in the vicinity of the Embassy’s main gate killing Yemeni civilians and security personnel.