Embassy of the United States of America – Front Entrance Addition

232 m² (2,500 ft²)

Project Details

The addition to the front entrance of the Embassy of the United States of America building in Ottawa improved its security and efficiency by moving the visitors’ security screening area out of the lobby.

Our firm was responsible for analyzing the Embassy’s requirements, architectural programming, design, preparing architectural and engineering construction documents, physical security, and blast engineering design. We also provided tendering, contract administration, and project delivery services, as well as cost estimation and schedule control for all elements of the project.

The design incorporated critical security upgrades, including blast-resistant exterior walls, windows, and doors, as well as security fencing. The building was equipped with a dedicated custom ventilation system to mitigate potential risks from chemical/biological threats. It was also designed to minimize the possibility of intrusions by utilizing anti-scalable design features, surface treatments, and removing climbable horizontal elements.

An efficient security screening system was implemented, connecting security cameras and other monitoring devices to a central U.S. Embassy marine post. Prior to the construction of the new addition, a temporary front entrance was built to allow uninterrupted access to the Embassy. The design met security, material, and construction standards of the U.S. Bureau of Overseas Building Operations.