Facts About the NEC

Facts about the New Embassy Compound (NEC)


Key Dates

  • NEC site dedicated by Ambassador Render on January 19, 2002
  • First concrete pour November 11, 2002
  • Scheduled substantial completion April 30, 2005
  • Move-in date scheduled for July 7, 2005
  • Dedication ceremony scheduled for July 12, 2005

Project Info

  • NEC was designed by CMSS Architects (Washington DC area) and HOK Architects/Engineers.
  • General contractor is American construction company J.A. Jones International, LLC (a Fluor company) in partnership with Sibagec, a local company.
  • Local labor used for construction, averaging 700 local employees per day.

Project Size

  • Site                                                      8.57 acres
  • Total building area                               21,845 gsm

(gsm = gross square meters)


  • Date of contract award                         January 2, 2002
  • Total design and construction contract amount (with modifications) US $61,359,417
  • Additional budget for land acquisition, construction management, security management, furniture and furnishings, telephones, computer systems, and communications systems brings total budget to:  US $90,020,000


  • 10,000 square meters of stone are used for the project, 8,000 of which are on the Chancery.  The stone was sourced from Brazil and Spain
  • Cobblestone walkways were fabricated on site with hand cut stones from Ghana, which arrive overland via truck.
  • Concrete was manufactured onsite daily during peak construction periods