The Dept. of State Us Bureau of Overseas Building Operations has awarded a $138-million contract to B.L. Harbert, International, based in Birmingham, Alabama, to build a new embassy compound in Dakar. The project consists of a 171,00-sq-ft. chancery building, three access control facilities, marine security guard quarters, a parking garage, a recreation facility, a vehicle maintenance building, shop and a mail screening facility on a 9.9-acre site. The compound will serve 455 employees. The facility was designed by architectural firm Page Southerland Page, LLP, Arlington, Virginia. Its features include solar collectors for electricity generation and hot water, water-conserving plumbing fixtures;
Despite a faltering international market, 2015 and the beginning of 2016 are proving to be strong years for U.S. contractors, with steady domestic growth and only moderate strain from workforce shortages.