In a display of our enduring friendship and important partnership with the Republic of Iceland, Ambassador Jeffrey Ross Gunter dedicates today the new U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik.
The new complex provides a secure, modern, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in Iceland and the Nordic Region. The new Embassy, an adapted existing corporate headquarters, will improve the Mission’s ability to engage with the people and Government of Iceland. By reutilizing this exemplary, award-winning example of Icelandic architecture, the U.S. Government has retained a local landmark, prevented diversion of demolition waste into local landfills, and created an Embassy that truly embodies the partnership between Iceland and the United States of America.
Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 164 new diplomatic facilities. OBO currently has more than 52 major projects either in design or under construction around the world.
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.