Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 19, 2010


U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, Marcia S. Bernicat; Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal, Abdou Salam Diallo; and Managing Director for Construction, Facility and Security Management of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Rodney Evans broke ground on the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Dakar today.

The Dakar NEC will provide a secure, safe, and functional facility for approximately 525 embassy employees. The NEC will consist of several buildings including a chancery, Marine security guard quarters, a support annex with maintenance shops, a utility building, parking structure and three compound access control structures.

In the last nine years, OBO has completed 72 new diplomatic facilities and has moved more than 21,000 individuals into safe, secure and functional facilities. The Dakar NEC groundbreaking marks construction of the 37th diplomatic facility to be built on the continent of Africa since 2001. OBO has completed 27 projects on the continent with an additional nine projects in design and construction.

B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, utilizing a design/build contract, will construct the NEC; architectural firm Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia designed the facility.

B.L. Harbert International has constructed 12 diplomatic projects for the Department of State since 2001 and has an additional 10 projects in design and construction at the present time. The scheduled completion date for the NEC in Dakar is summer 2013.

Construction of the new embassy compound will begin in the same year as Senegal’s 50th anniversary of independence, symbolically marking the importance of the bilateral relationship between our two nations. The United State and Senegal share an enduring partnership based on mutual respect and common values, including our respect for human rights, the rule of law, political and social justice, and transparency.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Blyth at BlythJJ@State.gov or (703) 875-4131.

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PRN: 2010/979