Federal Drive Podcast with Tom Temin – In the latest installment in a 20 year rebuilding project, the State Department is about to embark on a new embassy in New Delhi, India. More than a building, it will result in an entirely new approach in one of the most diplomatically crucial cities. Joining the Federal Drive with details, the State Department’s managing director for program development, Angel Dizon.
An expansive, multi-phase restoration and modernization project at the Embassy of the United States in New Delhi, India, is now officially underway after a formal groundbreaking ceremony. With a master plan developed by WEISS/MANFREDI, the much-anticipated redesign—first unveiled last February—seeks to both preserve and breathe new life into the Edward Durell Stone-designed embassy compound in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave.
Groundbreaking ceremony for new Chancery building for the US Embassy held in Delhi on January 08. US Envoy to India Kenneth Juster, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia were also present at the event.
Speaking at the event, Hardeep Singh Puri lauded Juster’s contribution to strengthening India-US relations, saying ties were “stronger, more enduring and with greater potential now” as compared to when the envoy had come to India.
U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster, India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia broke ground January 8, 2021 on a new Chancery building for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
Ambassador Juster Addresses the Audience
Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster addresses the audience.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia delivers remarks to the audience.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presents good will bouquet to Ambassador Juster.
Master of Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies, Minister-Counselor for Management Brian Heath, welcomes guests and begins ceremony.
Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri addresses the enduring relationship between India and the United States of America.
A socially distanced group of media and dignitaries listens to VIP speeches.
Readying the First Shovels
Dignitaries ready their shovels for a major milestone.
Turning Over the First Shovel
Dignitaries turn the first shovel of dirt to kickoff the project.
OBO Project Team
The OBO Project Director (R) and Construction Manager (L) break ground with Ambassador Juster.
Kothari & Associates, OBO Local Consultant
Ambassador Juster discusses project with Local Architectural Consultants Roopak Kothari and Pratishtha Sharma (L).
In a demonstration of the deep ties of friendship that underpin the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster, India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia broke ground today on a new Chancery building for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
In remarks delivered at the groundbreaking event, Ambassador Juster stated: “The project we celebrate today is more than a series of buildings and infrastructure. It reflects America’s enduring commitment to the U.S.-India partnership and is a testament to the strength and longevity of that partnership.”
The new Chancery building will stand adjacent to the iconic original Chancery and the Ambassador’s Residence at Roosevelt House on the Embassy campus in New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave in Chanakyapuri.
Today also marks the 62nd anniversary of the groundbreaking of the original Chancery in 1959. Designed by world-renowned architect Edward Durell Stone, the original Chancery was celebrated for its fusion of modern American architecture with elements of traditional Indian design. Frank Lloyd Wright called the Chancery “one of the finest buildings of the past 100 years.” The original Chancery and Roosevelt House are now listed on the Secretary of State’s Register of Historically Significant Properties.
With a connecting central green space and a series of cast stone screens, canopies, and garden walls, the new Chancery will reflect historic and modern traditions in New Delhi, while introducing a resilient design that brings the campus into the 21st century, thanks to the work of the U.S. architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi.
Environmental sustainability is central to the design and construction process. The new Chancery will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards at the silver level. During the construction process, designers will also upgrade the entire Embassy Compound with a range of ecologically resilient strategies to create an integrated, sustainable campus. These improvements include photovoltaic arrays and solar hot-water heaters, a wastewater treatment plant to support irrigation, sustainable building and site designs, and a water-efficient fountain redesign with underground stormwater collection.
When the new Chancery is completed, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi will join a long list of over 50 LEED-certified U.S. diplomatic posts, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to construct green buildings for a more sustainable future.
For more information about the new embassy compound and its design concepts, as well as the architectural history of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, please visit https://newusembassynewdelhi.state.gov/media/.
The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations commissioned Weiss Manfredi Architecture to publish a design monograph highlighting the features of the New U.S. Embassy project in New Delhi. An electronic version is available for download on the Media page, and is included below for online viewing:
Former Deputy Chief of Mission MaryKay Carlson hosts former NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar in planting new tress in front of the US Embassy in support the SMART Cities Initiative.
DCM Carlson explains new project.
DCM and Chairman water new tree
DCM Carlson receives Chairman Kumar
Chairman and DCM Discuss SMART Cities Initiative
US Embassy Facilities Team, Chairman Kumar with newly planted tree