A groundbreaking ceremony has been held to start a $537m project to build a new US consulate in Lagos, Nigeria.
Set on a 12.2-acre site in the Eko Atlantic City development area, it will be the biggest US consulate in the world when complete in 2027.
Ennead Architects of New York is the design architect; Pernix Federal of Lombard, Illinois, is the design-build contractor; and EYP of Albany, New York, is the architect of record.
The consulate said the project would see $95m invested in the local economy, while around 2,500 Nigerian citizens would be employed as engineers, architects, artisans, construction workers and administrative staff.
“Our vision for this remarkable Consulate campus is to create a facility that both honours the vibrant relationship between the United States and Nigeria and communicates the spirit of American democracy, transparency and openness,” US Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard said.
The project targets LEED Silver Certification.