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;
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.