UPDATED 9:13 AM PT — Wed. Febraury 14, 2018
In a win for relations abroad, the U.S. has begun construction on a long-awaited massive new embassy in Mexico.
Ambassador Roberta Jacobson broke ground on the $943 million embassy in the nation’s capitol on Tuesday.
The facility will be one of the most expensive diplomatic posts in the world.
“Mexico is one of the United States’ closest and most valued partners,” stated Roberta Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. “We are neighbors with a deep history and a shared future — Today we celebrate the start of a building that will stand as a testament to both, celebrating our friendship and empowering our diplomacy in the years ahead.”
The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations has constructed nearly 150 new diplomatic facilities since 1999, and another 59 projects are being developed or are under construction.
The embassy in Mexico City is being built on an industrial nine acre property, which required extensive toxic waste clean-up.
Caddell Construction Company out of Alabama won a contract to handle the billion dollar project.
Two award winning architectural teams worked together on the venture, which includes a central courtyard and a permanent art gallery featuring both U.S. and Mexican artists.
It will also be powered by a clean energy grid.
After months of NAFTA negotiations, Mexican officials said the construction shows the U.S. is continuing its close relationship with their southern neighbor.
“For those who consider that with change, with reforms, or with productive discussions that investments with our main trading partner in the world is inhibited, well this embassy is the best example that we’re going in the right direction,” said Alfonso Prida, Mexico’s Interior Secretary. “It will be the largest diplomatic headquarters of the U.S. government anywhere in the world.”
The long-planned Mexico City embassy is expected to be finished by 2022.