In an important symbol of our commitment and enduring relationship with Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico E. Anthony Wayne; the Department of State’s Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy; and Consul General Joseph M. Pomper, alongside Mexican dignitaries, hosted a dedication for the new U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey today. The dedication ceremony was followed by the Consulate’s celebration of the United States’ 238th Independence Day.
Also in attendance at the event were the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations’ Deputy Director Heather Townsend and the Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele Bond. Nuevo Léon Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor Rubén Moreira Valdez of Coahuila, and Governor Fernando Toranzo Fernández of San Luis Potosi participated in the dedication ceremony, as did Mayor of Santa Catarina Victor Manuel Perez Diaz, Mayor of Monterrey Margartia Arellanes, and Mayor of San Pedro Ugo Ruiz. Earlier in the day, Ambassador Wayne met with Nuevo Léon Governor Rodrigo Medina at the Palacio Gobierno to discuss issues of bilateral interest.
At the dedication ceremony on July 2, Ambassador Wayne said, “This new building enables our dedicated staff to provide efficient service to thousands of Mexican and U.S. citizens in a safe, environmentally sound, state-of-the-art facility. This marvelous space also provides us with a place to exchange ideas, which ultimately advances our common interests. The U.S.-Mexico relationship is on a positive trajectory towards a global partnership that is changing the way our two nations create economic opportunity for our citizens, educate the leaders of tomorrow, and ensure safe and secure communities.”
The U.S. Consul General in Monterrey, Joseph M. Pomper, remarked that “This housewarming party has been a long time in coming. We first broke ground for this building in June 2010. And as this building has taken shape and evolved into the wonderful place it now is, we have eagerly anticipated this moment. I am so proud to have served as the Consul General here during the final stages of construction.”
Situated on a 10-acre site in the Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon area, the new Consulate General includes an office building with consular functions to accommodate more than 400,000 visa applicants each year, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, access pavilions, and support building.
The $154 million project incorporates numerous sustainable features to conserve resources and reduce operating costs. The design architect is Zimmer Gunsul Frasca of Portland, Oregon and the architect of record is Karn Charuhas Chapman and Twohey of Washington, DC. The new multi-building complex, constructed by Yates-Desbuild Joint Venture of Philadelphia, Mississippi, provides employees with a safe, secure, and modern workplace.