USA breaks grounds on its New Embassy in Oslo

USA Ambassador to Norway in Oslo broke grounds today at the country’s new embassy. According to a press release issued by the department of State, the event marked enduring friendship between the two countries.

The press release stated, “In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the Kingdom of Norway, Ambassador Barry White broke ground on the new Embassy in Oslo today. Mayor of Oslo, the Honorable Fabian Stang; Director
of Oslo Planning and Building Authority, Ellen de Vibe; Secretary His Majesty The King’s Cabinet, Knut Brakstad; as well as Deputy Chief of Protocol Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oystein Braathen, attended the groundbreaking ceremony.”

Situated on a 10-acre site, the multi-building complex will include a chancery, an underground support annex, three entry pavilions, and Marine security guard quarters. When completed, the new facility will provide approximately
200 embassy employees with a state-of-the-art workspace.

The new facility will incorporate numerous sustainable features, including a restored stream that will become a key landscape feature and contribute to storm water management. Other sustainable features are a green roof on one
building, use of natural daylight for energy savings, and a ground-source heat exchange system that will allow the Embassy to meet nearly 100 percent of its heating load. The new Embassy site is also located within 300 meters of public transportation and includes
more than 45 bicycle parking spaces. The facility is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute.

The $228 million project will be constructed by Walsh Global, LLC of Chicago, Illinois and the architect of record is EYP Architecture & Engineering. The new Embassy is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.