New Office Annex (NOX) and Major Rehabilitation/Upgrade
Award of Merit
This design-build project, spread across five phases, produced a secure new office annex for U.S. diplomatic staff in an existing compound in Amman, Jordan. In addition, it renovated all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, telecommunication and technical security utilities within the compound. Work also included renovation of the existing chancery and construction of new consular and pedestrian-access points and facilities for the U.S. embassy community. The additions help provide a secure, modern and environmentally sustainable platform for U.S. diplomacy, says the team. Challenges included finding skilled local labor, building in a desert environment and working around the flow of an active embassy. The team also endured numerous protests just beyond the jobsite perimeter, some of which forced the project to shut down for days at a time; one riot also damaged portions of already completed work. Despite all hurdles of work in a difficult location, the team representing 18 different cultures managed to complete construction of a strategic government building.