The United States Department of State has begun construction on a new consulate general in Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu joined U.S. President Barack Obama for a historic groundbreaking event commemorating the two countries’ long-standing bilateral friendship and partnership.

On Thursday, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo officially kicked off the construction of a new, modern U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.

The new U.S. Embassy is situated on a 12.2-acre location in the rapidly developing Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island.

The Consulate General in Lagos will strengthen diplomatic and commercial relations between the United States and Nigeria, as well as providing a safe, secure, sustainable, and modern workplace for US and Nigerian Consulate personnel. The construction project will take about five years to complete, with a completion date of 2027.

The design architect is Ennead Architects LLP of New York, the design/build contractor is Pernix Federal, LLC of Lombard, Illinois, and the architect of record is EYP, Inc. of Albany, New York. To accommodate varying seasonal circumstances and drastically reduce energy demand, a number of energy efficiency methods will be implemented into the site and building design.

The establishment of the new Consulate would directly help Nigerians. Through local subcontractors and suppliers, an estimated $95 million will be invested in the local economy during construction. Engineers, architects, artisans, construction workers, and administrative staff would be among the estimated 2,500 Nigerians employed by the project.

Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 171 new diplomatic facilities.  OBO currently has more than 50 active projects either in the design phase or under construction worldwide.

OBO provides safe, secure, functioning, and resilient facilities that represent the US government to the host country and aid US diplomats in achieving US foreign policy goals. APO Group distributed on behalf of the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria..

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