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Thursday September 29, 2011

U.S. Breaks Ground on New Embassy in the Dominican Republic

U.S. Breaks Ground on New Embassy in the Dominican Republic

Photo: Ground Breaking for new U.S. Embassy in Dominican Republic

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In an important symbol of the enduring friendship with the Dominican Republic, Dominican Republic President, Leonel Fernandez; U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Raul Yzaguirre; and Leo Hession, Managing Director for Operations of the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), broke ground on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Santo Domingo.

Situated on a 16-acre site, the multi-building complex will include a chancery, compound access controls, a support annex, and Marine security guard quarters. When completed, the new complex will provide approximately 700 embassy employees with a state-of-the-art workspace.

In compliance with OBO sustainability criteria, this building is designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

The $194 million project was designed by Integrus Architecture of Spokane Washington and will be constructed by Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama. The NEC is scheduled to be completed in July 2013.