By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
U.S. Embassy acting Chargé d’Affaires John Creamer led a brief ceremony on Tuesday, May 11, to commemorate the completion of the basic structure of the new embassy building in Mexico City and the start of the final stages of its construction.
As a gesture of the importance of the bilateral relationship and the solid ties of friendship between the two countries, Creamer welcomed Abraham Borden Camacho, the acting head of the Miguel Hidalgo Precinct, where the new structure is located, to attend the ceremony.
So far, the massive 51,700-square-meter building’s construction has taken nearly five years to complete.
In 2017, the Office of Building Operations Abroad (OBO) of the U.S. Department of State announced the award of the contract for the construction of the new $336 million headquarters of the embassy to the Caddell construction firm, headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama.
The final construction is projected to be completed by the end of 2023 and will require an additional 20 million manhours of work.
Through Caddell, more than 1,200 local employees are currently working on the building’s construction and, Creamer said, that figure could increase to 1,800 as the final stages of the project near.
“We are very proud that this project contributes to the local economy,” Creamer said.
“This work is a sample of the great importance of our bilateral relationship and how it has deepened in almost two centuries of diplomatic relations. This new headquarters of the United States embassy is a symbol of the strong, resilient and enduring friendship between our peoples.”
As part of the U.S. global commitment to environmental preservation, the new chancellery will be sustainable and resilient, allowing it to take advantage of natural light and the climate, as well as capture rainwater and contain more than 2 million liters of it for reuse.
In addition, the new embassy will generate more than 10 percent of the energy that it requires, thanks to its 4,000 square meters of solar panels.
With more than 370 new trees and plants typical of the region, the embassy’s green areas will also contribute to improving the environment.
The design of the new embassy around a covered, open-air patio will allow events and celebrations to be held throughout the year.