Today, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the award of a $25 million contract to begin construction of the U.S. Diplomacy Center—the nation’s first museum and education center devoted exclusively to exploring the history, practice, and challenges of U.S. Diplomacy. The project is privately funded with donations to build a 21st century, state-of-the-art glass pavilion that will become a new public entrance at the Department of State’s headquarters.
GSA will oversee construction and awarded the construction contract to Gilbane Building Company through an open and competitive process. The architectural firm of Beyer Blinder Belle provided the modern concept design. Construction is set to begin early summer 2014 and it will take 18 months to construct the U.S. Diplomacy Center.
Situated only two blocks from the National Mall, the new U.S. Diplomacy Center pavilion will provide an exciting new educational destination for visitors to Washington, D.C. It will house interactive technology and exhibits to foster an engaging environment where the public can learn about the importance of diplomacy and those who practice it. The project is funded by private institutional and individual donors through the Diplomacy Center Foundation.
In 2000, a group of former diplomats formed the Diplomacy Center Foundation with the goal of raising money to build a public facility to honor U.S. diplomacy. The project has enjoyed the support of all subsequent Secretaries as part of an effort to highlight the importance of U.S. diplomacy.