Contract Awarded for the Construction of the New Embassy Compound in Islamabad, Pakistan

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 4, 2010

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) and Bureau of Administration announced today the award of a $699 million contract to build a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The project will be constructed by B.L Harbert, International of Birmingham, Alabama and consists of a New Office Building, New Office Annex, Marine Security Guard Quarters, perimeter wall, support annex and general services office, and permanent housing.

The current embassy, chief of mission residence and staff housing were constructed in 1972. The NEC will provide modern facilities to accommodate an increased number of staff and will provide enhanced security features. The new facility will be a state-of-the-art platform from which to continue our partnership with the Government of Pakistan in pursuing our common policy objectives.

The NEC will be constructed on the current 35 acre embassy site. The project has been divided into several phases with expected completion in 2016.

In the last nine years, OBO has completed 72 new diplomatic facilities and has moved more than 21,000 U.S. Government employees into safer, more secure and more functional facilities, with another 33 new facilities in design and construction.

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

PRN: 2010/1407