On November 16, 2020, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of improving the implementation of OBO’s design and construction program and the value of the engineering disciplines and engineering services that support OBO’s mission. The MOU solidifies and builds on the communication and collaboration already underway and further bolsters the relationship between OBO and the building industry.
The MOU outlines several opportunities for collaboration between the organizations, including: embracing innovative business practices that enhance the security, quality, value, and sustainability of OBO projects; utilizing appropriate emerging technologies; advancing education and research and development; and promoting qualifications-based selection of the procurement of architecture and engineering services.
The MOU was signed by OBO Director Addison D. “Tad” Davis, IV and ACEC CEO and President Linda Bauer Darr on behalf of their respective organizations.
OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.