17 Nov U.S. Embassy Facility Security Enhancements and Protective Design
K&C provided a security enhancements study and protective design for a U.S. Embassy overseas.
Vehicle Crash Protection
Progressive Collapse Retrofit
AT/FP project similar to those anticipated under this contract.
The security upgrade for this U.S. Embassy facility included the following primary areas of work:
- Two new entry control points with hardened perimeter guard booths
- Perimeter protection with active and passive vehicle barrier systems
- Blast mitigation/progressive collapse avoidance
This particular project offered a diversity of challenges ranging from the impacts of a fluctuating political climate to the engineering complexities associated with unknown and varied existing conditions. Through a combination of extensive on-site documentation, interaction with city officials, and an integrated team effort among the designers, building owner, building users, and the contractors, the project design and construction was completed successfully.
The upgrade of the perimeter security systems included a new pedestrian CAC facility, a new vehicle screening CAC facility, anti-climb fencing, and anti-ram walls, bollards, and active barriers.
K&C also performed a blast vulnerability assessment and progressive collapse avoidance study for one of the primary building structures on the compound. Based on the results of the analysis, the team developed the necessary mitigation solutions. The design, as implemented, included the strengthening of existing columns with a carbon fiber wrap and the introduction of sacrificial design elements. K&C was on site throughout the installation of the carbon fiber wrap.
In all, K&C supported this project from conception to construction. Our designers participated in on-site negotiations with the local architectural review board and government officials and then concluded the project by overseeing the construction of the critical design elements.
To see a video of K&C performing a blast and impact test on a protective design – the curtain wall, click here