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U.S. Embassy Compound - Baabda, Lebanon




March 31, 2006

"Architectural and construction contractors interested in bidding on the new U.S. Embassy construction project in Baabda, Lebanon should contact directly the following short-listed U.S. contractors for subcontracting or joint venture partnerships. The prime contractor will be a U.S. design/build firm.

Please DO NOT call U.S. Embassy Beirut for this project. Additional information will be posted on this site as soon as information becomes available".

Source: http://lebanon.usembassy.gov/lebanon/constructionbid.html
 

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Probably they will transfer their offices to Baabda.
Once, I heard that it will cost millions to buy the land and build it. Moreover, I guess it would be one of the biggest in the Middle East. Again I repeat, not sure about my info.
 

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btw the US embassy doesn't issue immigration visas in Beirut right just tourist ones? people have to go to Damascus for that (which i think is a total hypocracy)
 

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^^ I dont think that is the case anymore. Now they go to Abu Dhabi....but soon this will change as well as they will be able to get them in Lebanon.
 

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LeB-iT said:
btw the US embassy doesn't issue immigration visas in Beirut right just tourist ones? people have to go to Damascus for that (which i think is a total hypocracy)
thats back when the only us representation in leb was a consulate (back in the days before I moved to the states ... yea we had to go to Syria)
but now, the Awkar compound is a full-fledged embassy :)
 

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Latest information on this project:



American Embassy Beirut
New Embassy Compound
At Baabda
Early Site Work


THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE (DOS), Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is seeking to pre-qualify firms for Design-Build services for the execution of Early Site Work for Construction of New Embassy Compound in Beirut, Lebanon SALMEC06R0080.

The Early Site Work consists of design and construction services for the following: Permanent perimeter Anti-Ram Wall and Permanent perimeter Anti-climb Wall based on Standard Embassy Design details; demolishing an existing concrete wall; a new driveway through the NEC site connecting Bezancon Road with the Baabda-Hadath Highway, including retaining walls, engineered fill, base paving course, and storm drainage system; and related rough grading, excavation, erosion control, and stock piling of soils; and the procurement, shipping, erection, and commissioning inside the Wall of prefabricated temporary housing and office structures for USG use after completion of the Early Site Work contract.

THE PROJECT SOLICITATION WILL CONSIST OF TWO PHASES. This announcement for pre-qualification is Phase I. The Department of State will evaluate and rate the pre-qualification proposals based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the established Evaluation Factors. Those offerors receiving a satisfactory evaluated rating from the technical board will be issued a formal solicitation (Request for Proposal) and invited to submit proposed pricing in Phase II. The government reserves the right not to pre-qualify any offeror receiving less than a satisfactory rating in any evaluation factors and sub-factors.​
 

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U.S. Kills Plans to Build Embassy in Hezbollah Area of Beirut

July 25, 2007 4:14 PM
ABC NEWS

Brian Ross Reports:

The Blotter has learned that plans for a controversial new U.S. Embassy in Beirut have been put on hold indefinitely, and effectively killed, according to a U.S. State Department spokesperson.

The news came just hours after we reported the State Department had been pushing ahead with plans to build the new embassy in a part of Beirut controlled by the militant anti-American group Hezbollah, despite strong protests from the U.S. ambassador in Lebanon.

A U.S. official tells the Blotter on ABCNews.com that Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, in a May 31, 2007 classified cable to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, registered his strong objections, saying his staff "unanimously opposes construction" of the embassy on the proposed site.

Feltman also said in the cable that his local staff would be "an easy target" for Hezbollah and that U.S. diplomats would "be under siege" during any conflict.

Hezbollah is believed to be behind two attacks on the U.S. Embassy and an embassy annex in 1983 and 1984 that led to the deaths of 87 people, including eight CIA employees.

Last week, the National Intelligence Estimate on threats to national security cited Hezbollah, closely aligned with Iran, as a group that could potentially attack the United States.

U.S. officials say the proposed embassy site is just a few hundred yards from the scene of fierce fighting last summer between Hezbollah and Israeli forces.


"It boggles the mind," says former State Department security official Tony Diebler. "Any reasonable person that looks at that site, does their homework and sees who controls the area would determine that it's a foolish, dangerous idea to build the embassy there," Diebler said in an interview to be broadcast on ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson."

But officials say the State Department official in charge of embassy construction, Maj. Gen. Charles Williams (RET) is insisting the embassy be built on the site, which was purchased by the U.S. two years ago for more than $22 million.

In his cable to Secretary Rice, Ambassador Feltman said Gen. Williams maintained it was important to proceed with the proposed site in Baabda area of Beirut because of "the Department's relations with Congress and our global building objectives."

Gen. Williams declined requests from ABCNews.com to comment.

U.S. officials say Williams has ignored how conditions have changed in Beirut since the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war.

The officials say Hezbollah, not the government of Lebanon, controls the Baabda area and could sever access to the area at will.

State Department officials say they have been advised by the U.S. military that had the embassy been located at the Baabda site during the summer war, the U.S. military would have only come in once to evacuate the staff.

"Anytime Hezbollah wants to shut the place down," said former State Department security official Diebler, "they're capable of doing it and the loss of life would be tremendous."

The dispute between the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and the State Department in Washington has been simmering since late last year.

At one point, the U.S. Embassy refused to allow a State Department official from Washington, James Golden, managing director of the Emergency Projects Coordinating Office, permission to enter the country for the embassy project by denying normally standard "country clearance."
 

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yes,the baabda district voters,are pro-Hizbullah,specially in Dahyeh which is part of baabda district.
 

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Yea but there not building in the Dahiya..its far isnt it? They were builing near the presidential palace in the hills above..And if its just voters who support HZ it doesnt mean they "control" the area
 

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^^but Still,Hizbullah controling its political orientation
 

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US delays plans to build new embassy in Baabda

I think this article has some more facts..and says its not cancelled but on hold.


US delays plans to build new embassy in Baabda
Officials 'evaluating' security situation
By Farah Aridi
Special to The Daily Star
Saturday, July 28, 2007



BEIRUT: The US Embassy in Lebanon has "postponed" construction of the new embassy building in Baabda indefinitely, embassy sources told The Daily Star on Friday. The project has been postponed until further notice and a review will be conducted in 2008 for "a possible 2011 project," said the source. Preparations for the construction site had been made by embassy staff prior to last summer's war with Israel.

"While we purchased a site for a new embassy, we are delaying a decision on when to start the new compound as we evaluate the current political and security environment in Lebanon," the source said.

US State Department spokes-man Sean McCormack said on Thursday that media reports of the total cancellation of construction were "not accurate."

"The question was limited to the time when Ambassador [Jeffrey] Feltman and the embassy in Beirut were informed of this decision," McCormack said. "The decision was taken on July 6 and Feltman was informed on the same day."

When last summer's war broke out, "preconstruction surveys and preconstruction contractor sessions were being planned, but were delayed," the source added. The planning activities resumed after the war ended, in preparation to select a construction contractor.

But the State Department decided on July 6 to postpone construction after conducting reviewing materials concerning the plan, including warnings issued in a report by Feltman.

Feltman filed a report with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioning her about the situation in Lebanon, which he described as insecure and unstable. According to the American television network ABC, Feltman conveyed major concerns about the new construction site in suburban Baabda because of its proximity to Beirut's southern suburbs. The suburbs are a stronghold of Hizbullah, which the US considers a terrorist organization.
http://www.dailystar.com.lb

According to the television report, Feltman proclaimed that the embassy staff and American diplomats would make easy targets for Hizbullah or any other potential attack. The administration of the US Embassy in Lebanon agreed with Feltman, the report added.

Officials in the State Department said it "is Hizbullah who runs Baabda and not the Lebanese government."

"[Hizbullah] controls Baabda," the officials said, adding that Hizbullah can block all roads leading to the proposed embassy grounds at any time.

McCormack said Feltman's report had been taken into consideration, because no one in the State Department, including Rice, would want to jeopardize the lives of American citizens working in Lebanon.

"We wanted to gather all the information concerning Feltman's anxiety before publicizing our decision," McCormack added.

McCormack also noted that retired General Charles Williams, responsible for the construction of the new embassy, disregarded Feltman's report and security warnings.

When asked about the property in Babbda, which was purchased by the US government for $22 million in 2005, McCormack said that he believed the US would keep it.

"The situation is different now, especially after the July war in 2006," he said, adding that the long-running political deadlock was also deterring any building plans.
 

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Not ON-Hold anymore


Construction of U.S. Embassy to begin
2023 delivery date expected



Alabama-based B.L. Harbert has won a tender for the construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Awkar. Permission has been granted by the Government for the work to commence.

The embassy will be built over an area of 174,000 square meters at a cost of around $1 billion. It is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2023.

The U.S. State Department said: “The multi-building complex will include a Chancery, a Marine Security Guard Residence, representational and staff housing, facilities for the community and associated support facilities.”

The new building will be built next to the existing one, which will remain in place for the foreseeable future.

The embassy was designed by Morphosis Architects, who was shortlisted in an international tender to develop BankMed’s new headquarters. B.L Harbert is an expert on building federal facilities across the world.
Reported by Yassmine Alieh

Source: http://www.businessnews.com.lb/cms/Story/StoryDetails.aspx?ItemID=5892
 
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