THE construction of the new embassy compound of the United States of America in Windhoek got underway when the groundwork on the site commenced.
The design of the new compound in the Klein Windhoek residential area of the Namibian capital, Windhoek was done with environmental sustainability as a key element.
In a statement the US Embassy said that other design elements included renewable energy through solar panels, minimal water usage, and also incorporated indigenous trees and plants currently on site.
“This week, further preparation of the grounds began in anticipation of the construction and opening of a new, state-of-the-art embassy,” the statement reads.
The project to preserve as many of the existing trees and plants as possible began in late 2018. In February 2019, a local nursery conducted a survey of the grounds to identify and mark protected trees and plants. A leading Namibian botanist was contracted to map the locations and assess the viability of relocating the flora.
“Regrettably, given the shallow root systems caused by the underlying rock bed, it was determined by Namibian experts that most of the trees could not be transplanted. However, the aloes on site were identified as having good potential to be successfully replanted. As many aloe plants as possible will be saved and either incorporated into the landscaping or donated locally.”
The ground preparation work required removal of the trees that were not good candidates for transplant purposes.
According to the statement all invasive species on the property are also being removed and disposed of properly.
“The contractor has received all the required permits and permissions from the government of Namibia to carry out the work being undertaken. The contractor leading the construction will donate new trees to Namibia to off-set the impact of those that had to be removed for the new buildings.”
The new Embassy will use only indigenous tree and plant species for that landscaping. Namibia’s spectacular indigenous trees will frame the new Embassy.
“We are grateful for the counsel Namibian experts have provided as we work to preserve as much flora as possible. We share their deep care for Namibia’s natural resources. We are fully committed to preserving all the trees and plants that indeed can be preserved.”
According to the statement staff are looking forward to watch the next generation of Namibia’s beautiful indigenous trees grow on the new U.S. Embassy compound.