The Department of State is seeking a contractor to build its U.S. Diplomacy Center at the corner of 21st Street and Virginia Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., according to the Washington Business Journal. The department wants to present preliminary designs for the $50 million project to the National Capital Planning Commission for approval during late fall or early winter.


The two-phase, 41,400-square-foot project will include a museum featuring the agency’s history and American diplomacy, as well as an educational center.


Funded through donations, the first phase of the project will cost between $18 million and $24 million and include a reception area; exhibit space; security stations; and a lower level with a café, gift shop, storage space and mechanical rooms.


The department soon will issue a request for proposals. A construction schedule has not yet been confirmed.