Lilongwe, Malawi – In a show of the strong and lasting relationship between the United States and Malawi, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has commenced the construction of a new U.S. embassy campus in Lilongwe. The groundbreaking ceremony, held on May 11, was attended by U.S. and local officials, highlighting the enduring partnership between the two nations.
The United States and Malawi have been close allies since Malawi gained independence in 1964. The new embassy will serve as a symbol of the ongoing collaboration between the two countries. It will be built with sustainable design features, incorporating local materials and design elements that reflect the cultural heritage of Malawi.
The architectural design for the embassy is being led by The Miller Hull Partnership from Seattle, while the design/build contractor is B.L. Harbert International, based in Birmingham, Alabama. The project is expected to inject approximately $90 million into the local economy and create job opportunities. The construction is scheduled for completion in 2025.
The Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, which began in 1999, has successfully completed 176 new diplomatic facilities. Currently, OBO is overseeing more than 50 active projects worldwide in the design or construction phase. The aim is to provide secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government and support U.S. diplomats in advancing foreign policy goals.
The construction of the new U.S. embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi not only reinforces the strong ties between the United States and Malawi but also signifies a commitment to enhancing diplomatic relations and fostering mutual prosperity.