- The US Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and the Bureau of Administration has today announced the award of a $109 million contract to build a New Embassy Compound in Bujumbura, Burundi.
The new embassy building in Bujumbura, will be constructed by Caddell Construction, Inc. of Montgomery, Alabama.
The project will consist of a chancery building, a support annex/warehouse, a Marine security guard quarters, recreation facilities, three compound access control facilities and related site development. The NEC will provide a safe, secure and functional facility for 97 desk employees who will work at the embassy, according to the statement by the state department.
The department also stated that the 10 acre site located in the Kigobe neighborhood in Bujumbura, was acquired from the government of Burundi for $3 million in September 2008.
The NEC will replace the current embassy, which was constructed in 1955.
The scheduled completion date for the Bujumbura NEC is March 2012.
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