Santo Domingo U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is a compound for diplomatic purposes that reflect United States interests, such as visitor Visas to and from the U.S., support to U.S. citizens visiting or doing business with the Dominican Republic, and U.S. aid. The compound is meant to provide an oasis that represents the values and vitality of the United States of America. The embassy was located on an undisturbed site that had tremendous vegetation growth, a natural drainage channel, and afforded the re-use of waste water from an onsite treatment plant as irrigating water. SPVV’s work included a site inventory and the assessment of existing tree species and vegetation (along with their health and condition), site layout verification for compliance with federal government design guidelines, and plant type size and location selection. Plant selection was taken from a previous bridging design as part of the design-build process. Irrigation design included overall irrigation layout, system calculations, and estimates of annual water demands.