Office of the Spokesperson
June 27, 2016
In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Swaziland, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador Lisa Peterson, and Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Principal Deputy Director William Moser, alongside local officials, dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Swaziland on Saturday, June 25.
The new $141 million campus is situated on an 8.9-acre site in the Ezulwini Valley. Sustainable features to conserve resources and reduce operating costs include a photovoltaic system, light-emitting diode (LED) site lighting, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, on-site wastewater treatment, and drought-tolerant landscaping.
Karn Charuhas Chapman and Twohey of Washington, D.C., is the design architect. Page Southerland Page of Washington, D.C., is the architect of record. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, constructed the complex.
Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has completed 131 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 53 projects in design or under 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.