Fact Sheet – U.S. Embassy Mexico City Ground Breaking

Design Architect Tod Williams Billie Tsien
Architects / Davis Brody Bond Architects, A Joint
Venture
General Contractor Caddell Construction
Site 8.5-acres
Total Project Budget $943.1 Million

General Information

 

  • The multi-building complex is being constructed on an 8.5-acre site in the New Polanco District of Mexico City, Mexico.
  • The new Embassy will provide a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable platform for U.S. diplomacy.
  • The construction contract was awarded in September 2017 and completion of the project is anticipated in 2022.

Design & Construction

 

  • The Embassy is designed around a large covered open air courtyard and responds to the surrounding scale of the residential neighborhood.
  • The project will include a resource center that will provide a place for student research and recreation.
  • Consular services and areas dedicated to public diplomatic functions are designed around the visitor experience.
  • An estimated workforce of 2,500 American, Mexican, and third-country nationals will be engaged in the construction of the new embassy. Approximately, 1,200 of these are local workers.
  • Typical construction projects of this magnitude are estimated to contribute approximately 1.4 million a month to the local economy.
  • The U.S. government is committed to minimizing impact on the environment and surrounding neighborhood community.

Sustainability

 

  • The new facility design incorporates rigorous sustainability and energy-saving goals. The design aims to reduce environmental impact, optimize building performance, and enhance the self-sufficiency of the campus.
  • The project is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building rating system and is projected to earn LEED® Silver certification.
  • The facility will use reclaimed water from the city for cooling and sewage conveyance to reduce the impact on the local water infrastructure. Further innovation includes use of magnetic bearing chillers with hybrid cooling towers to further reduce electrical and water demand.
  • The façade shading system will reduce solar heat gain on the building, resulting in reduced energy costs.
  • The facility design incorporates solar photovoltaic arrays on courtyard canopy and utility building
    roofs, reducing the local utility energy demand of the new facility.

Art

 

  • The permanent art collection, curated by the Office of Art in Embassies, will encompass art in a variety of media, including painting, photography, textile and sculpture, by both U.S. and Mexican artists. The collection will seek to create a dialogue of shared values between the people of our two countries. Highlights will include site specific commissions that reflect an understanding of the diversity and richness of U.S. and Mexican cultural heritage.