Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Begins Construction on New U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

11/08/2022 12:46 PM EST

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Highlighting the deep economic, political, and cultural ties between the United States and Brazil, U.S. Consul General Jacqueline Ward joined Mayor Eduardo Paes to break ground on the new U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro.

Located on a 3.7-acre parcel in the downtown neighborhood of Cidade Nova, the new campus is envisioned as a reflection of Rio de Janeiro as a city in the rainforest, cradled between mountains and the ocean.  Multiple water- and energy-saving features will enhance the building’s performance, including photovoltaic canopies, passive chilled beam systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, a building envelope that reduces solar heat gain, and a stormwater management system.  The project aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification – a globally recognized mark of achievement in high performance, best-in-class, green buildings.

Richärd Kennedy Architects of Phoenix, Arizona, is the design architect and Caddell Construction Co., LLC of Montgomery, Alabama, is the construction contractor. The new U.S. Consulate General is scheduled for completion in 2026.  Roughly $190 million will be invested in the local economy throughout the course of the project, of which $85 million will be used to hire local staff and construction materials.

Learn more about the new U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro project here.

Since the start of the U.S. State Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 172 new diplomatic facilities and has more than 50 active projects in design or construction worldwide.

OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.