New U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China Receives 2014 Green GOOD DESIGN(tm) Award

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 15, 2014

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design have selected the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China for the 2014 Green GOOD DESIGN™ award, representing the world’s most important manufacturers and design firms and leading FORTUNE 500 corporations that are forwarding a new emphasis on a more sustainable design and environment worldwide.

The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou was selected from hundreds of submissions as an outstanding example of Green Design. Now in its sixth year, the Green GOOD DESIGN™ program is a very specialized edition of the original GOOD DESIGN program established in Chicago in 1950. The program remains the oldest and most important awards program worldwide.

The new Consulate General occupies a 7.5-acre lot in the city’s Pearl River New Town district. The facility is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and, as the first OBO project contracted to achieve LEED Silver, raised the bar for future new construction projects which must target LEED Silver as a minimum design standard.

The project was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) of San Francisco, California and was built by B.L. Harbert International, LLC of Birmingham, Alabama and China Huashi Enterprises LTD of Chengdu, China.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy and the promotion of U.S. interests worldwide. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, maintainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For more information, please contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit The Chicago Athenaeum’s website at