In May 2014, the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded a $25 million contract to build a new public entrance on the east side of the Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, D.C.
The glass and steel structure will act not only as a high-security entrance to the building but also as a museum about American diplomacy. The 20,000-square-foot addition, called the U.S. Diplomacy Center, was designed by the firm Beyer Binder Belle, and is being constructed by Gilbane Construction. The addition is being privately funded by the Diplomacy Center Foundation, a nonprofit established by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000 to honor American diplomats.
The National Capital Planning Commission approved the design in 2011. Construction should be complete in 2017. GSA awarded a $77.4 million contract in September 2014 to renovate much of the rest of the structure. Some of the renovations will restructure the interior layout of the building to better meet the State Department's needs. But most of the contract will focus on replacing the building's electrical, elevator, mechanical, plumbing, and telecommunication systems. The refurbishment will begin in January 2015 and take 14 months to complete.