Thursday / December 15, 2016 / 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Representing US: Working with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, US Dept. of State

AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) directs the worldwide building program for the U.S. Department of State. Working with the Department’s regional and functional bureaus, other federal agencies, and Congress, OBO sets overseas priorities for the design, construction, acquisition, maintenance, use, and sale of real properties and the use of sales proceeds.

Our primary mission is providing safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff as they work to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Since 2010, OBO’s efforts have been guided by an Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative. Through this program, OBO works to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects and represent American ideals - from dignity and stability to openness and innovation. We employ a collaborative and integrated approach that demands solutions that are creative, economical, and environmentally appropriate.

Our success is achieved in partnership with talented, private sector architecture and engineering firms and construction professionals. The primary way OBO contracts with firms for new embassy and consulates, as well as major modernization projects, is through an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracting mechanism. This contract is typically offered once every five years and allows the Department to award multiple design commissions to selected firms over the contract period. OBO plans to re-compete these contracts in early 2017.

The panel will discuss OBO’s program, review projects currently in design and construction, and provide an overview of the forthcoming solicitation.


  --  Casey Jones, Deputy Director

  --  Angel Dizon, Managing Director Program Development, Coordination and Support

  --  Jason Arnold, Architectural Division Chief

Bring your lunch; beverages provided.

Top to bottom:

New U.S. Embassy Mexico City by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Davis Brody Bond JV  (credit: MARCH)

New U.S. Embassy Beirut by Morphosis

New U.S. Embassy Maputo by YGH with Allied Works.

Sponsored By

U.S. Department of State and AIA Chicago

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1 LU

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