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US Embassy being rehabilitated

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 6.58.40 PMThe U.S. Embassy here in Georgetown, Guyana is undergoing major rehabilitation and it has to do with an attack from unexpected quarters. Termites! Particularly the Façade felt the brunt. When the Embassy was constructed at its current site, a decision was made to use Virginia Pine as the wood of choice. Guyanese hardwoods such as Greenheart stand up better against the local critters than the Pine from Virginia. What resulted is that the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) had to make a $25.7 million construction award to redo the building and the Winner was a Virginia Company.

It is not going to be a change of façade alone, the project, designed by a Washington, D.C. firm will provide needed security and infrastructure upgrades to the existing Embassy buildings. According to the State Department the mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support the staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of the construction and Embassy has worked through the Foreign Ministry to coordinate with the relevant government agencies to minimize any disruption to adjacent public areas. The upgraded facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

The termites will have to deal with that and new synthetic material this time around.

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