A 'diplomacy center' soon to be under construction will become the new State Department public entrance. (Laura Bertocci / Gannett Government Media)
The General Services Administration will be in charge of building the State Department’s planned U.S. Diplomacy Center, according to an agency announcement.
The agencies signed a $25 million contract for the combined museum and education center devoted to American diplomacy, funded entirely by private donations.
Construction is set to begin early summer 2014, and is expected to last 18 months. The facility will become the new public entrance to the State Department headquarters, two blocks from the National Mall.
“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,” according to the announcement.