By Kingsley Adegboye
A US-based Nigerian construction expert, Lawrence Dibor, was among a consortium of professionals involved in the design and construction of the President’s House which is a monument in the history and administration of the United States of America.
The President’s House is a memorial located in Independence Square in the city of Philadelphia, on the site of a building which served as both residence and office for President George Washington during his tenure as president of the US in the 18th century, and similarly for president John Adams during the first two years of his term.
At that time, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States. The site embodies a profound contradiction during the infancy of the United States. It was the same home that witnessed the birth of a free nation and its first steps toward democracy. Surrounding the historical site are the Independence Visitor Centre, Constitution Centre, Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin House, First US post office, and Betsy Ross House.
The President’s house is also connected to the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American freedom. The civil engineering and construction administration of the project, which were performed by Adcon Consultants, according to its Managing Director, Lawrence Dibor, are a great achievement and an honour for him and his company.
According to him, “The President’s House is a historical site with a place of pride in the history of America. It brings me great joy and honour to be part of the history of contributing our civil engineering knowledge and experience to creating a monument that is in line with modern construction projects”.
Dibor said the house is a permanent outdoor structure located at 6th and Market Streets in the city of Philadelphia, close to the Liberty Bell Pavilion.
He noted that “We were selected by the project’s architect on behalf of the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Property and the National Park Service to perform the civil engineering and design services, including drawings and specifications”, the Philadelphia-based Nigerian disclosed. Dibor, who has over 30 years of experience in construction, architecture, engineering and building management in the US, explained further how the team was able to handle this complex project.
“Due to the historic nature of the project, we reviewed the archaeological and geo-technical information of the site in order to be able to protect the existing underground 18th & 19th century foundation remnants during construction, as well as to provide proper drainage throughout the site.”
The construction expert who is both an architect and engineer, and who has successfully built his full service design and construction management company into a firm that handles a diverse array of projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York, disclosed that the President’s House is currently a huge tourist attraction for people interested in learning about the making of modern America, with visitors estimated at over one million people per year.