Posted: 3:25 am ET
On October 16, the State Department announced that “In an important symbol of our enduring partnership with the people of the Republic of Chad, U.S. Ambassador Geeta Pasi, Acting Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Ambassador William Moser, and Chadian Government officials dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena.” We don’t know how many local officials attended as there appears to be no official photographs released of the embassy dedication (also see Trump Announces New Visa Restrictions For Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Somalia).
According to State/OBO the new U.S. Embassy compound in Chad’s capital city of N’Djamena is situated on a 12-acre site in the Chagoua neighborhood, several kilometers southeast of downtown. The multi-building complex includes a chancery office building, a Marine Security Guard residence, support buildings and facilities for the Embassy community.
The following details via the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (State/OBO):
- The facilities meet all Department standards for security and life safety, and provide functional office space for Embassy staff.
- The building’s scale, massing, and materials anchor the compound in this prominent, developing location within the city, and foster a sense of community and place.
- The project was awarded in early 2014 and construction completed in spring 2017.
- The site and building design provide shelter and relief from heat and sand storms, and seasonal rains.
- A regionally-relevant color palette carried throughout the compound structures gives the Embassy a visual and cultural connection to the host nation.
- An exterior space provides sufficient space to accommodate representational events.
- The high performance interior offers an open-plan office, allowing delineation of work groups while providing continuous support for the workplace.
- New and expanded civil infrastructure within and outside the complex includes new roads, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, and storm water management.
- A sculpted perimeter wall provides a secure perimeter and a well-lit public gathering space outside the complex, adjacent to the main entry.
- An estimated 800 workers from the region—largely from Chad—are involved in the construction of the new Embassy
As with NEC Nouakchott, NEC N’Djamena is built for sustainability according to State/OBO:
- The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification, and has met LEED® Gold certification.
- The energy-efficient building design uses passive strategies, energy-efficient lighting, building controls, renewable energy systems, and HVAC systems projected to decrease energy use by 51%.
- A pierced sunscreen shades the building, reducing heat gain, while water features collect and channel storm water in a way that celebrates the rainy season.
- A multi-colored fiber-cement paneling system provides a cost-effective, thermally-efficient, and durable exterior.
- Photovoltaic solar power arrays on-site are designed to offset 15% of the Chancery’s energy costs.
- The compound is designed to minimize use of the local domestic water through efficient plumbing fixtures and equipment. All of the facility’s wastewater will be treated on-site and used to meet all of the site’s irrigation demand.
- The facility is designed to provide a healthy indoor working environment through the use of low-emitting materials, air monitoring and comfort controls, as well as chemical and pollutant source controls.