U.S. Embassy Caribbean East
Respecting Cultural and Ecological Context
Rhodeside & Harwell's design concepts for a U.S. embassy in the East Caribbean focused on preserving and enhancing the ecology of the tropical site. Strategies included stormwater capture and reuse through a series of flumes and channels that provide a natural system of drainage and irrigation and preserved green space within this urban setting. The team also incorporated native plantings, materials, and craftsmanship throughout the inviting sequence of "outdoor rooms" and garden areas, which feature local stone and ornamental metal work in the fencing, walls, plazas, and pavilions.
Certificate of Appreciation for Excellence in Sustainable Design, U.S. Department of State
"OBO benefits significantly from having this successful model for sustainable design strategies implemented and we will use this project as a precedent for future SED NEC projects."
-Donna McIntire, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations