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Initial Design Team Shortlist Announced for Major Rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 15, 2013


The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the Major Rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project.

The shortlisted firms are:

Ann Beha Architects
DesignLab Architects, Inc.
Machado Silvetti / Baker
Mark Cavagnero Associates

Fifty-six (56) firms were accepted for consideration to compete. The shortlisted submissions presented projects that were well-conceived and well-executed, displaying a sophisticated understanding of the issues involved in renovating historically significant buildings and experience with rehabilitations of complex modern structures. Each presented a diversity of projects which displayed a strong use of materials and context, and demonstrated experience with design and construction of facilities in a campus setting. The shortlisted offerors also presented the design capabilities of their proposed lead designers, each of whom possessed exemplary credentials and a strong portfolio of relevant work experience.

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

The solicitation is part of OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities program. This approach to project development and delivery seeks to utilize the best methods, technologies, and staff abilities 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: 2013/0568

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