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Contract Awarded for the Brasilia, Brazil Consular Expansion Project

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 29, 2012


The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the award of the Brasilia Consular Expansion project to Vistas Construction of Illinois, Inc., of Chicago, Illinois.

This $7 million project will improve visa applicant waiting areas and interview spaces, reconfiguring and expanding the facility to accommodate an expanded interview schedule for nonimmigrant visa applicants and help keep interview wait times low. The project, scheduled for completion in December 2012, will substantially increase daily processing capacity for visa applications to allow more Brazilian travelers to visit the United States in support of the President’s travel and tourism initiatives.

About OBO

Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, OBO has completed 92 new diplomatic facilities and has moved more than 27,000 people into safe, secure, and functional facilities. OBO has an additional 40 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, or contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131.

PRN: 2012/1072


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