New Office Annex Ground Breaking Fact Sheet
Architect: Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)
General Construction Contractor: Caddell Construction Co.
Total Building Area: 24,200 square meters
Total Project Budget: $281 million (U.S. dollars)
- The new office annex will be built on the current U.S. Embassy complex in close proximity to the city center and public transportation.
- The new facility will provide a safer, more secure, and environmentally sustainable workplace for approximately 300 employees.
- The new annex building will include the consular section and other Embassy sections, staff housing, and a multi-purpose room that could be used for press events, meetings, and exhibitions.
- Construction will commence in November 2013 and project completion is anticipated in late 2016.
- The design of the 24,200 square-meter facility focuses on an open design with dynamic streetscapes that face the Russian White House.
- The annex design complements and reflects the character of the existing Chancery, while also introducing materials that provide a level of distinction for the new office building.
- The new building will include representational and multi-purpose spaces, a state-of-the-art consular operation, open office areas that maximize flexibility, staff residences, and service areas that are integrated into the existing landscape and inter-connected to the existing facilities and operations.
- Physical security upgrades have also been incorporated into the design. These include: upgrades to existing access pavilions, new access pavilions and vehicle entries, perimeter wall upgrades, and upgrades to the existing office building.
- Visitors will enjoy tree-lined walkways and outdoor spaces, including a large consular garden on the south side of the building covering 2,000 square meters with a selection of plant material native to the region that can be maintained throughout the year.
- The project is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification.
- The annex design maximizes the use of regional and recycled materials, including repurposed content in the concrete, as well as reprocessed wood for the concrete framework.
- Notable features will include a high-performance façade designed to eliminate heat transfer, an energy efficient lighting design, daylight harvesting and reduction of artificial lighting loads, occupancy sensors throughout the facility, and ENERGY STAR™ equipment and appliances. The building will use materials made with low-emitting organic compounds, integrated walk-off mats at entrances, and user-controlled task lighting.
- Other sustainable technologies will include an exterior louver system on the south façade that integrates glass sunshades to dissipate heat gain and glare in the summer and brings natural light into the office space in the winter, resulting in a significant reduction in the demand for artificial lighting and potentially lower energy costs. The new office annex building automation system will ensure effective management of the facility’s mechanical systems through energy management software, time scheduling, demand limiting, duty cycling, and multiple man-machine interface points.
- Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) advanced filtration systems will be implemented in all regularly occupied areas in order to attain a higher Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), taking into consideration that indoor levels of pollutants may run two to five times higher than outdoor levels.
- The project will include demolition of some existing areas to permit construction of the new office and residential annex.
- The project will use approximately 15,000 cubic meters of cast-in-place concrete, 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel, and approximately 5,500 square meters of architectural terracotta façade.
- Newly planted areas will cover over 2,000 square meters.
- Caddell Construction, an American company from Montgomery, Alabama, will employ several hundred skilled workers and laborers, as well as a staff of professional managers.
The art collection will feature works by contemporary artists from the United States and Russia to create across-cultural dialogue.The primary theme of the collection will be outer space and space exploration.The collection will comprise objects in a variety of media, including a painting by James Rosenquist,Multiverse You Are, I Am, which was previously exhibited at the Tretyakov Museum in a retrospective for Mr.
The art collection will feature works by contemporary artists from the United States and Russia to create across-cultural dialogue.
- The primary theme of the collection will be outer space and space exploration.
- The collection will comprise objects in a variety of media, including a painting by James Rosenquist, Multiverse You Are, I Am.
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations