Office of the Spokesperson
The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has selected B.L. Harbert International, LLC of Birmingham, Alabama for the New London Embassy (NLE) preconstruction and construction services contract.
Five firms – all of which submitted proposals – were invited to participate in the solicitation process, including Caddell Construction Company, joint venture Clark Construction/Foulger-Pratt, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, and Walsh Construction Company.
Working as one team, B.L. Harbert will collaborate with design competition winner Kieran Timberlake of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and OBO in the preconstruction design phase, and then proceed with the construction of the facility.
In the vanguard of OBO’s Design Excellence initiative, the NLE will advance the highest standards of design, landscape, and sustainability as a welcoming presence on the London cityscape while supporting our special relationship with the United Kingdom. Construction of the NLE is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, OBO has completed 88 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 41 projects in design and construction. The program has successfully moved more than 27,000 people into new diplomatic facilities, furthering OBO’s mission to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support our staff in achieving 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.