United Arab Emirates Chancery

The structural engineer of record for previous renovations performed in 1999, SK&A also provided engineering services for new renovations to the United Arab Emirates Chancery.  The new improvements included a four-story addition (10,831 sf) to the rear as well as changes to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems (MEP), waterproofing, interior build-outs, and the addition of an exterior rooftop terrace.

The building is supported by a poured-in-place, reinforced concrete structural system.  The scope of structural services also included:

  • Removal of interior bearing walls and replacement with steel framing.
  • Design of deep foundation systems to support new steel posts for new steel framing and building columns.
  • Removal and replacement of the first floor deck. 
  • Removal and re-installation of the basement slab-on-grade to accommodate the new first floor deck.

Embassy of Nigeria

SK&A provided structural engineering services for the Nigerian Embassy’s new chancery building.  In addition to three above-grade levels of office and meeting space, the chancery includes below-grade parking for 90 cars.

Designed to U.S. Department of State standards, the building is a modern structure with a stone-clad exterior and a soaring, light-filled atrium/lobby with a curtain-wall of glass.  SK&A’s services included consultation from the schematic design through construction administration phases.

Embassy of Finland Chancery

Located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, the Finnish Embassy’s modern building occupies the previous site of a Texas congressman’s mansion, previously built in the 1950’s.  Overlooking Rock Creek Park and across the street from the Vice President’s residence, the structure is a six-level, multi-use diplomatic facility with two below-grade parking levels for 100 cars.  The building’s exterior features a bronze metal façade that has developed an aged, green patina over time.

Building amenities include abundant natural light, an outside terrace, a sauna and a park-like setting.  The site has numerous retaining walls and site structures as well as a monumental stair.  The building is first green embassy in the United States, receiving LEED Gold Certification in 2010.