Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 26, 2012


The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the $109 million design/build contract, awarded through best value determination, for the new U.S. Embassy in Mbabane, Swaziland to B.L. Harbert, International LLC of Birmingham, Alabama.

The multi-building complex, located in the Ezulwini Township, will include a new chancery support facilities, and access controls. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2015.

The concept design architect is Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey (KCCT) of Washington, D.C. and the architect of record is Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia.

The new facility is pursuing certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), and will include numerous sustainable features, including photovoltaics, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, rainwater harvesting, wastewater reuse for irrigation, and solar hot water heating.

Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, OBO has completed 95 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 39 projects in design or construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For more information, please visit www.state.gov/obo, or contact Christine Foushee at FousheeCT@state.gov or (703) 875-4131.



PRN: 2012/1845