The US Department of State’s Office of Overseas Building Operations has broken ground on a new $228m embassy in Oslo, Norway.
The new 7,500m² complex will comprise a chancery, an underground support annex, three entry pavilions, Marine security guard quarters and an underground support annex containing parking and maintenance storage facilities.
Upon completion, the embassy will provide workspace for 200 employees.
The green roof of the chancery’s entry lobby will act as a garden terrace accessible from the cafeteria, while lofty ceilings and three walls of tall windows will frame the embassy’s main public space.
The ten-acre site will incorporate various sustainable features, including a restored stream that will become a key landscape feature and contribute to storm water management.
Other sustainable features include the use of natural daylight for energy savings and a ground-source heat exchange system that will allow the embassy to meet most of its heating load.
The landscape topography above the underground support annex has been designed to provide a natural look, while the chancery has been designed to reflect the public significance of the building.
While developing the topography, the seasonal stream running from northwest to southeast through the site will be restored, while the south wing will be placed at an angle to the north wing to accommodate the stream bed.
The new embassy is expected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute.
The project will be constructed by Walsh Global, while EYP Architecture & Engineering is the architect for the project.
The new embassy is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.
The US Government signed an agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defense in June 2004 for the purchase of the tract of land at Huseby to build the embassy.
Image:The 7,500m² complex will comprise a chancery, an underground support annex and three entry pavilions. Photo: The Walsh Group.