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Final Design Team Shortlist Announced for New U.S. Embassy in Beirut

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 29, 2013


The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted three design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon for Stage 3 evaluation.

The shortlisted teams are:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam/AECOM
Morphosis Architects

The shortlisted submissions represented highly qualified teams which successfully demonstrated strong innovation throughout all disciplines. These teams also offered a detailed management strategy that recognized the programmatic and local demands specific to the project in Beirut.

Six firms participated in Stage 2 evaluations. This final shortlist will develop presentations on their team organization, design vision, and approach to excellence for the Stage 3 interviews and evaluation.

This project was solicited under OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative, a holistic approach to project development and delivery which seeks to utilize the best methods, technologies, and staff abilities to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects.

The new Embassy site is approximately 11 kilometers north of the city center and in close proximity to the existing Embassy. The new Embassy complex will include a chancery, representational housing, Marine residence, support offices and utility buildings, a parking structure, access pavilions, and a community center.

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

PRN: 2013/1043

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