Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces Dates for 2010 Industry Advisory Panel Meetings

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 16, 2010

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the 2010 dates for the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) meetings. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, October 14.

The Bureau has decreased the number of meetings to be held this year from four to two in order to allow for more in-depth topic research and development and for more detailed follow-up on issues, as well as reducing Department costs.

In recent years there has been a steady increase in the public’s interest in attending IAP meetings. To better accommodate interested parties, the IAP will move to the larger Loy Henderson conference room in the Harry S Truman building.

The IAP is a nine-member advisory panel that provides extensive knowledge and expertise on topics related to design, construction, facility maintenance, value engineering, and security. The panel provides industry and academia's latest concepts, methods, best practices, innovations and ideas related to OBO's mission of providing more secure, safer, more functional and well-maintained facilities for U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide.

Since 2001, OBO has completed 69 new diplomatic facilities and has moved more than 20,000 individuals into more secure, safer and functional facilities. The Bureau currently has over 35 major projects in design or construction.

The IAP has been noted in two separate GSA government-wide surveys as having “Best Practices” and continues to draw participants from all parts of the design and construction industry.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Blyth at BlythJJ@State.gov or on (703) 875-4131.

PRN: 2010/309