The U.S. Embassy Compounds in Dhaka, Bangladesh recently underwent a comprehensive renovation and security upgrade project, which was designed to enhance the safety and functionality of the facilities. The project was completed with a focus on maintaining the normal operations of the Embassy while upgrades were being made.
One of the most distinctive features of the project was the replacement of nearly 300 windows at key buildings with new FE/BR windows. These new windows not only provide improved security and energy efficiency, but they also enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the buildings. The installation of these windows required careful planning and coordination with the functioning Embassy to minimize disruptions, and the outcome was a seamless integration of the new windows with the existing structures.
In addition to the window replacements, the project also involved upgrades to the gates and perimeter walls, providing enhanced security for the compounds. The exterior of existing buildings, including the Chancery, Office Building, Marine Security Guard Residence, Consular Affairs Section, and support facilities, were also improved, giving the buildings a fresh and modern look.
To ensure the smooth operation of the Embassy during construction, temporary functional spaces were also built. These spaces were equipped with all necessary facilities, including communication and IT infrastructure, to allow for uninterrupted work during the renovation process.
The newly constructed access facilities were designed with security in mind, incorporating new FE/BR doors, windows, and over 700 square meters of hardline walls. These improvements will provide enhanced security and improved access control for the compounds.
In conclusion, the U.S. Embassy Compounds in Dhaka now boasts modern and secure facilities, with improved energy efficiency and functional spaces to better serve the needs of the Embassy and its staff. The successful completion of this project marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance the capabilities and security of the U.S. diplomatic facilities worldwide.
Client: U.S. DoS Overseas Buildings Operations
Prime Contractor: Desbuild Incorporated
Turn-key Subcontractor: Epik International Inc.
Designer: KCCT Architects
Contract Type: Design & Build
Contract Value: $23,000,000
Completion: December 2022