Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 22, 2011


The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) will roll out its new Design Excellence initiative at the Industry Advisory Panel meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. OBO is adopting Design Excellence as both a tool and a solution to advance a new generation of secure, high-performance, and sustainable diplomatic and consular facilities that support the conduct of American diplomacy. Design Excellence is a holistic approach to OBO’s work, which draws on expertise in many areas – architecture, engineering, construction, security, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, art, sustainability, maintenance, and operations. This new initiative will enhance OBO’s ability to provide outstanding facilities that represent American values and the best of American talent, innovation and technology in these areas, while providing the best value for the American taxpayer.

Meeting Logistics:
Location: U.S. Department of State, Loy Henderson Auditorium, 2201 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. (entrance on 23rd Street)
Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: Morning Session 9:30 – 12:00 and Press Questions: 12:00 – 12:15
Registration Required: Please RSVP to fousheect@state.gov or 703-875-4131

The meeting is open to credentialed members of the media. Time will be allotted for press questions following the morning session.
Pre-set time for video cameras: 9:00 a.m. in the 23rd Street Lobby.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 9:15 a.m. in the 23rd Street Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) an original letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

Press Contact:
Christy Foushee
Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
fousheect@state.gov
703-875-4131



PRN: 2011/625