Department of State Marks Construction of New U.S. Embassy in Podgorica

During a ceremony to mark the construction of a new U.S. Embassy on September 21, 2021, the U.S. Ambassador to Montenegro, Judy Rising Reinke, the Mayor of Podgorica, Ivan Vuković, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs State Secretary, Ljubomir Mišurović signed a stone that will be placed within the foundation of the new U.S. Embassy in Podgorica. Construction of the new chancery, managed and directed by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), highlights the enduring ties that bind the strong U.S.-Montenegrin relationship and serves as a symbol of our unwavering commitment to the Montenegrin people.

Beyer Blinder Belle is the design architect, with Richärd Kennedy Architects designing the building facade, and Integrus Architecture is the Architect of Record. B.L. Harbert is the general contractor for the project. The new design involves redevelopment of the existing embassy property and places great emphasis on respecting local culture and in preserving and responding to the local environment. The design includes photovoltaic panels and other sustainability features and assures a resilient and modern platform for U.S. diplomacy in Montenegro.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 168 new diplomatic facilities. OBO currently has more than 50 active projects, either in the design phase or under construction worldwide.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.

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