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Initial Design Team Shortlist Announced for Worldwide New Construction A/E Design Services

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 28, 2012



The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted eleven design firms for the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Worldwide New Construction A/E Design Services solicitation.

The shortlisted firms are:
BNIM Architects
Ennead Architects
Mack Scogin / Merrill Elam Architects
Miller Hull Partnership
Moore Ruble Yudell
Richard + Bauer Architecture
Shop Architects
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Steven Holl Architects
Studio-Gang Architects
Weiss/Manfredi Architects

These firms were selected from 88 prospective offerors. The shortlist of firms presented projects that were well conceived and executed, displayed innovation, and showed strength in identity and public image. Their portfolios also established the design capabilities of the A/E firm and the lead designer, while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and integrated design, and showcasing innovation in design technology.

The shortlisted firms will assemble their technical teams and submit detailed information on their organization and qualifications for the second stage of evaluation.

This is one of two IDIQ’s solicited under OBO’s Design Excellence program, which seeks to utilize the best methods and technologies to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects.

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, maintainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit

PRN: 2012/1868

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