Norwegian Embassy Renovations

Originally constructed in 1977, the Chancery at The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Northwest Washington, DC was in need of modernization.  The design team was tasked with improving the function, accessibility, and sustainability of the space using architectural and structural elements that evoke Norway’s rich history of shipbuilding and woodworking, while showcasing Norway’s natural resources, including wood and copper.  

The renovation features a garden room meeting and event space, a light-filled social hub, and a new entry level.  The garden room addition is distinguished by elegant, exposed glulam moment frames with concealed connections, in a nod to the Norwegian ship building legacy.  The social hub transformed an existing first floor patio into an atrium with a circulating stair.  Reinforcing of existing trusses surrounding the social hub was minimized by supporting the skylight and stair from a new hollow structural sections (HSS) structure above the original roof framing, with posts down to the existing columns. 

SK&A also served as the Building Enclosure Consultant for project and provided comprehensive technical reviews of the building enclosure and the various air, water, thermal, and vapor control materials and components and systems during the schematic design, design development, and construction documents phases.  SK&A performed a hygrothermal analysis per ASHRAE Standard 160 of the proposed wall and roof assemblies during the design development phase using the WUFI® Plus 3.1 software program.   

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.