US Department of State Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo

Washington (STL.News) – The US Department of State released the following statement:

In a display of our enduring friendship and important partnership with Kosovo, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, Ambassador Philip S. Kosnett, and Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Addison D. “Tad” Davis IV, along with the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, Chairman of the Assembly of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli, and Mayor of the City of Pristina, Shpend Ahmeti, dedicated the new U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo today.

The new campus provides a secure, modern, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in Kosovo.  The new Embassy is on target to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council – a globally recognized mark of achievement in high performance, best-in-class, green buildings.

Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners of New York, New York is the design architect for the project and Page of Washington, DC, is the architect of record.  BL Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, constructed the facility.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 159 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 57 projects in design or under construction.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient 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 represent American values and the best in American architecture, design, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.