“In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Turkmenistan,” U.S. diplomats broke ground Monday on a new U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat.

The 17.3-acre campus will include an office building, a U.S. Marine Security Guard residence, a support annex, staff housing, and facilities for the Embassy community.

The $266-million embassy complex will incorporate numerous sustainable features, the State Department said, “including energy efficient lighting, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and drought-tolerant plantings.”

Completion of the project is anticipated in July 2018.

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