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Secretary Clinton and President Sirleaf Dedicate New Embassy Monrovia

Cutting Ribbon (Photo Credit: Department of State)

From left: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in connection with her visit to attend the inauguration of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, presided at an in-house new Embassy dedication ceremony on January 16.   Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs Toga Gayewea McIntosh, Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate Gbezongar Milton Findley, and Managing Director for the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) Rodney Evans, were joined by more than 250 guests for a public dedicate on January 17.  

In an important symbol of America’s commitment to an enduring friendship with the people of Liberia, as well as the importance of our bilateral relationship with the Liberian Government, the United States dedicated its new Embassy in Monrovia on January 17. Occupying a 12-acre site in Mamba Point, the multi-building complex creates a secure, sustainable, and pleasant workplace for approximately 400 employees. The Embassy’s permanent art collection features artworks by 51 celebrated American and Liberian artists, curated by OBO’s Office of Art in Embassies. These artworks focus around the themes of tradition and renewal through lively images of agriculture, education, music, African American history and culture, and a love of homeland.

The new Embassy incorporates numerous sustainable features, most notably, a rainwater collection system with a 264,000 gallon tank to handle the majority of potable and irrigation water needs, a photovoltaic system located on the parking canopy structure, high-efficiency mechanical chillers, and a building automation system. The facility is registered with the Green Building Certification Institute and is entering the formal review process with enough credits to earn a LEED Gold rating. B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama constructed the project, which was designed by Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia. The $164 million project generated jobs in both the United States and the Republic of Liberia.