As part of the Containerized Housing and Office Units IDIQ, The Department of State awarded the original design-build contract to design, renovate and construct non-permanent facilities at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center (“BDSC”) to a competitor in June 2011.

The purpose of the project was to provide accommodation, life support, and a secure perimeter for US diplomatic support staff staying in Iraq after the US military draw-down which was scheduled to occur on December 15th 2011, but the contract was terminated in late 2011. Following the termination of the original contract, the US Department of State awarded the ‘BDSC ‘Re-Procurement’ contract to Pernix Serka in January of 2012, to “stop the day-for-day delay in completing the facilities critical to the life safety and mission capability of Government personnel.”

The project site occupies 294 acres adjacent to the Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) and was originally scheduled for a 12 month performance period. But due to expansion of the scope of work, the project was substantially completed on February 13, 2014. The project includes all facilities necessary to establish life support, office and logistics hub functions and housing for 1700 personnel. The project also includes the utility infrastructure required to support these facilities including electrical power distribution, communication backbone and waste water treatment.

  • Owner:Department of State, Overseas Buildings Operations
  • Location:Baghdad, Iraq
  • Project Type:Design-Build