American International Contractors (Special Projects), Inc.
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U.S. Department of State — The US Government has indicated a strong commitment to new construction as well as improving and upgrading the security of its existing embassies and overseas facilities. The Department of State's Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is the key contracting entity charged with executing this mission. AICI-SP entered the OBO embassy program in 2006 and since that time AICI-SP has successfully completed four projects for OBO including three complete New Embassy Compounds (NECs). AICI-SP currently has two ongoing contracts for construction of Department of State overseas facilities and will continue to participate in this critical building program to provide facilities that meet the needs of US Government personnel serving our nation overseas.
Bucharest, Romania — Design/Build New Embassy Complex
The Bucharest, Romania project was valued at $136.4M. The client was the US Department of State.
The project included the design and construction of 9 buildings on a 4.25 hectare site including: a 3 story New Office Building (NOB) and perimeter wall; 3 Compound Access Control Buildings (CACs); Marine Security Guard Quarters (MSGQ); Utility Building; GSO Support Annex/Warehouse; Recreational facility; and Parking Garage (Total Building Area: 17,590 GSM).
The complex maximizes its open space both on the site and within the buildings giving visitors and employees a feeling of comfort within a secure compound. The 10,000 square meter NOB is clad with local quarried Romanian travertine and Romanian limestone, with grey limestone as an accent. To maximize solar control, the office building is oriented on an east/west axis with sunshades protecting the windows in the morning and afternoon. Interior finishes in public spaces employ the exterior palette for continuity and impact. A grand staircase connects a two-level gallery in the central core. Materials featured throughout this space include marble flooring, wood paneling, and glass handrails.
Other buildings on the site similarly use the stone finishes of the NOB and use a cementitious coating relating to traditional stucco finishes in Romania. The new office building incorporates the latest in technical, physical and environmental security including building automation, life safety and emergency power generation per the requirements of the Department of State.
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Valletta, Malta — Design/Build New Embassy Complex
The Valletta, Malta project was valued at $87.4M. The client was the US Department of State.
The project included the design and construction of 8 buildings on a 4.05 hectare site including: a 3 story New Embassy Office Building (NOB) and perimeter wall; 3 Compound Access Control Buildings (CACs); Marine Security Guard Quarters (MSGQ); Utility Building; Warehouse; and Recreational Facility (total building area 9,639 gsm).
The site plan was organized around Bronze Age and Roman archeological remains discovered during excavation, and included landscaping, roadways and surface parking. In an effort to conserve water, the design incorporated underground cisterns to collect more than 90% of rainwater runoff.
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Riga, Latvia — Design/Build New Embassy Complex
The Riga, Latvia project was valued at $95.1M. The client was the US Department of State.
The project is located on a 10 acre site, bounded by groves of indigenous birch trees and residential streets, and included the design and construction of: a 3 story New Embassy Office Building (NOB) and perimeter wall; 3 Compound Access Control Buildings (CACs); Marine Security Guard Quarters (MSGQ); Utility Building; and GSO Support Annex (total Building Area 11,415 gsm).
The New Embassy Office Building consists of two rectangular wings connected by a two story gallery that serves as representational space for ceremonies and exhibitions. Large expanses of glazing, with interior light shelves, punctuate the contrasting warm and cool tone limestone exterior cladding of the building. Interior finishes include limestone floor and base with perforated wood paneling on the walls and wood slatted paneling on the ceiling. The interior and exterior finishes are continued and referenced throughout each building on the campus.
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Cairo, Egypt — Design/Build Physical Security Upgrade
The Cairo, Egypt project was valued at $13.8M. The client was the US Department of State.
The project was the renovation of existing facilities at the Embassy in Cairo, the Support Annex in Maadi, and the U.S. Cultural Center in Alexandria (which is on the Secretary of State's Register of Culturally Significant Property). It involved mostly security upgrades with the construction of MCACs, SCACs, perimeter wall upgrades, installation of bollards planters and active anti-ram barriers, installation of FE/BR doors and windows, installation of interior access points and Marine Posts, as well as a mail screening facility, and significant upgrades in permanent TSS systems at all three sites.
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