The U.S. State Dept.’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has awarded B.L. Harbert International LLC a $699-million contract to build a new U.S. Embassy compound in Islamabad. Totaling 1.6 million sq ft, the project includes a chancery, an office building, U.S. Marines security-guard quarters and three housing blocks. It was designed by PageSouthlandPage. Construction is expected to begin in early 2011 and be completed in 2016.
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.