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Accra, Ghana: Presentation to Office of Building Operations and Bureau of African Affairs on New Embassy Requirements 01172002
Embassy Accra welcomes
OBO General Williams and staff to
Accra, Ghana -
the Gateway to West Africa
Mission in transition.
Embassy Accra is making the migration from a mid-sized post to
a full-scale regional embassy hub concurrent with the emergence
of Ghana as a stable, democratic regional leader in West Africa
and with the growth of USG interests in the sub-region.
Co-location is the objective.
Our vision and our long-term direction is no less than the co-
location of all USG agencies on one site, to achieve needed
economies of scale in security and operational efficiency.
Our present configuration……
USG agencies and Embassy sections in Accra
Various GO/LTL/STL Properties
Government-owned, LTL, and STL non-residential properties
are spread out over a fifteen square mile area. Most sites
can be reached by car from the chancery within 10 to 15
minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Principal Mission facilities are located at the following
Main Chancery GSO/Consular/INS Annex
USAID Rushmore Warehouse Compound
Peace Corps Budfield
Public Affairs Desert
Other Government-owned facilities include the EMR and theOther Government-owned facilities include the EMR and the
Embassy operations are decentralized, scattered
between the chancery and five office locations in
Natural tensions which may exist between USG
agencies and between sections within the Embassy
are exacerbated by the geographical separation.
Post management must hold daily and weekly meetings
between Embassy sections and USG agencies to
offset separation and poor communication links.
How Did We Get Here?
As with most diplomatic missions in the region, in the
beginning all agencies were co-located.
Over time, mission expansion dictated the need for
In the absence of long-term planning and security
constraints (pre-Inman), the mission spread out to
various locations throughout the city.
Recent security considerations and the need for
operational efficiency point to the advantages of
returning to co-location.
Goals and Objectives
• Adequate oversight of multi-million dollar programs
• Communications between USG agencies
Security for all personnel
• Adequate setback for all facilities
• Enhanced access control for all facilities
Long-range planning for Program expansion
• Expansion of CAA space requirements
LTL, $110,000 per year
Office space: 10,387 sq. ft. net
Tenants: STATE, ICASS, DAO, USDA, 77 employees
Setback deficiencies: no setback on sides and in rear
Additional Chancery offices in rear
CLO and Public Cashier to the rightCLO and Public Cashier to the right
B&F and Health Unit in the backB&F and Health Unit in the back
Additional Chancery offices on side
RADIO SHOP, MAIL ROOM, PROGRAM FSN OFFICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS SHOP
Chancery next-door neighbors
RIGHT SIDE LEFT SIDE
LTL, $82,000 per year.
Office space: 9,410 sq. ft. net.
Tenants: PA, IBB/VOA, FCS, State
Program and ICASS, 28 employees.
Setback deficiencies: no setback in rear
or on sides.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICES, PRINT SHOP INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER, FCS OFFICES
Public Affairs from the street
Public affairs from street
LTL, $5.32 per year (leased in Cedis when 1 Cedi = 1 USD)
Office space: 3,810 sq. ft.
Tenants: NIV, IV, ACS, GSO sections, 48 employees
Setback deficiencies: no setback. Street closed to vehicular
traffic on consular side.
GOIL Property – Viewed from Desert
PARTIALLY SEPARATES DESERT FROM BUDFIELD
Eight acres of land – 50 year lease with two
Presently contains staff housing (apartments), TDY
housing units and recreation facilities (tennis court,
swimming pool, soccer field, baseball/softball field).
Could conceivably serve as site for NOB, preserving
housing units and swimming pool and relocating other
Budfield Aerial photo
100 ft. setback
98K sq. ft.
Scenes from Budfield
PARKING LOT AND TENNIS COURT
LTL, $58,000 per year
18,484 sq. ft. net, 108 employees
Narrow alley entry from street poses
significant bottleneck threat
Setback deficiencies: no setback on
sides or rear
Chancery electrical review/upgrade
Chancery/Annex space survey
DCMR bathrooms rehabilitation
OBO lease waiver approval for Rushmore warehouses
OBO approval for enclosure of consulate waiting area
Mid-term Objectives 2003-2004
Interim solution - co-location of all administrative
Completion of space renovations recommended by
space and electrical reviews.
Replacement of EMR and DCMR furniture as
Long-term lease for alternate Rushmore facility.
Available Options – short to mid-term
Move all administrative functions out of chancery to free
up space for expanding CAA/Program tenants.
• Concentrate Administrative sections at Annex
Advantage: improved operational efficiency
Disadvantages: Annex lease concerns; zero setback
• Transfer all Admin and GSO functions to NOB at Desert
Advantages: improved operational efficiency, better CCC
Disadvantage: Admin NOB costs could postpone Mission NOB
• Move all Admin to preexisting apt. buildings at Budfield
Advantage: buildings rule out need for new construction
Disadvantage: cancels out approved project to rehab Budfield apts
Co-location on already available
site addresses and resolves:
• operational and administrative
• security considerations, and
• long-term growth projections
Recommendations in order of priority
Move Accra up the NOB list.
Accra has a site and needs an NOB. Admin and consular have
formal regional responsibilities. Other offices/agencies also
have regional responsibilities, i.e., INS, RCO, and USAID. Once
the airport expansion project is completed, it is expected that
Accra will grow as a regional transportation hub and other
offices/agencies with regional responsibilities will want to
Consolidate all administrative sections.
Move all administrative functions to a single site, freeing up
chancery space for projected CAA/Program expansion. Satisfy
immediate chancery prerequisites for expansion: i.e., space
survey, electrical upgrade.
your visit to Accra,
the Gateway to
Annual Facility leasing costs
Total space requirements (sq. ft. net)
FACILITYFACILITY SQ. FT. NETSQ. FT. NET SQ.FT. PER PERSONSQ.FT. PER PERSON
Residential housing vital stats
No. of rental units: 37
No. of Government-owned units: 3
Average annual lease cost/unit: $25,113.00
Average annual utilities cost/unit: $350.00
Average security cost/residence: $7,200.00