Design-build of the U.S. Embassy Compound in Monrovia, Liberia, includes the site work, perimeter barrier and associated security facilities; Chancery Building; Marine Security Guard Quarters; Support Annex – Warehouse; Support Annex – Shops; utility building; and parking lots for official, visitor and staff vehicles.
During the years of Civil War in Liberia, the country’s municipal infrastructure was decimated. When BL Harbert mobilized to Monrovia in early 2009, it was confronted by a city without electricity, municipal water supply, waste water treatment or land-line telephone systems. Before BLHI could mobilize the majority of its management staff, or even begin construction activities onsite, BLHI had to procure and install its own diesel powered electrical generators, water storage tanks, water pumps and distribution system, and satellite communication systems at both the staff residences and the jobsite.
In the summer of 2009, BLHI was expecting its first shipment of reinforcing steel to arrive in the port of Monrovia. When the shipment failed to arrive in port on schedule, BLHI worked with the shipping company for several days to determine the status of the vessel. As it turns out, the entire ship carrying 1,000 tons of vitally important reinforcing steel for the project sank in the Black Sea. Immediately upon confirming the situation, BLHI worked with the design engineers and its procurement group to identify alternate sources of material which would meet both the project specifications and the project schedule requirements.