UN fixing its house in order

UN Head Quarter - Then and Now
UN Head Quarter – Then and Now

I’m informed that the sweeping renovation isn’t coming cheap

First built without computer servers and security threats in mind, UN Headquarters is in the midst of its first major renovation since it was erected nearly 60 years ago. The sweeping restoration of the 17-acre complex in New York city is slated for completion in 2015.

Constructed between 1949 and 1952, the landmark building complex has always been seen all over the world as the symbol of the United Nations itself. It set standards as a unique example of modernist, international style architecture since it was erected along the East River shortly after World War – II.

And during the ongoing project that started in 2008, the facilities of the UN compound are undergoing modernization to become a safer, more sustainable and more secure work environment that provides better physical accessibility. At the same time, the character-defining features of its architecture will be restored.

When it is complete in 2015, the five-structure complex may look more modernist than it has for decades. I am informed that the sweeping renovation isn’t coming cheap… at $1.87 billion, with the cost to be split among all 192 member nations.

The UN has always been mission-oriented. The money they always got was practically spent on food, peacekeeping and disease. Now it is getting around fixing its own house in order.

1950's Construction and today's renovation of UNHQ New York
1950's Construction and today's renovation of UNHQ New York

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