San Diego News
- Written by State Department
- Category: Latest News
- Published: 05 March 2014
Guangzhou, China - In an important symbol of our bilateral relationship with the People’s Republic of China, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick F. Kennedy; Charge d’Affaires Dan Kritenbrink; Consul General Jennifer Zimdahl Galt; and Deputy Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Casey Jones alongside local Chinese officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou today.
The multi-building complex occupies a 7.5-acre lot in the city’s Pearl River New Town district and provides a modern, convenient, and secure workplace for Consulate staff. The award-winning design includes two office buildings, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, a warehouse with service shops, and three entrance pavilions to welcome employees, visitors, and consular customers.
Numerous features conserve resources and reduce operating costs, including a white, highly reflective roof on the main office building to reduce cooling costs; green roofs on several buildings to help insulate, capture and filter rainwater, and filter city air; and a storm water retention system. The new Consulate General earned the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification.
The $267 million project was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP of San Francisco, California and was built by BL Harbert International, LLC, of Birmingham, Alabama and China Huashi Enterprises, Ltd., of Chengdu, China.
Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 111 new diplomatic facilities around the world. An additional 32 projects are 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.