The State Dept. is pushing forward with its embassy construction program, expecting to award contracts this year to build four new facilities and renovate two others. It also is seeking a cadre of design teams for a range of tasks on unspecified future projects. But the program’s 2018 funding won’t be determined for months.
State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) told attendees at the annual meeting of its industry advisory group, held on April 5 in Washington, D.C., that it plans to award contracts for new embassies in Erbil, Iraq, and Mexico City and annexes in Kampala, Uganda, and Nairobi. Also on tap are awards for renovations in Athens and Montevideo, Uruguay. They follow several other contract awards since late 2016.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.