PR-1814 June 12, 2018
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) officially dedicated its new office complex in Taipei today. AIT Chairman James Moriarty, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce, Overseas Buildings Office Principal Deputy Director Ambassador William Moser, and AIT Director Kin W. Moy all delivered remarks at the dedication ceremony.
The new AIT office complex is a demonstration of the United States’ strong commitment to and enduring friendship with Taiwan. AIT’s new facility reflects the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan partnership and the depth and breadth of our unofficial relationship.
At the dedication ceremony, Director Moy said, “We should all be proud of this milestone, which is a symbol of the close cooperation and enduring friendship between the United States and Taiwan.”
The new AIT office complex, which is located in Taipei’s Neihu District, will allow all of AIT’s sections and operations in Taipei to be co-located in a modern, secure, and energy efficient facility. The building is on target to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified and will use significantly less water and energy than AIT’s current facility and other conventional buildings. AIT developed only 2.4 hectares (6 acres) of the site’s 6.5 hectares (16 acres), leaving much of the site in its natural state or replanting it with landscaping.
The office building is 14,934 square meters (or 4,517 ping). It was built with a combination of materials from the United States and Taiwan, and built by workers from the United States, Taiwan, and other countries. The project budget, including site, planning, design, and construction, is US$255.6 million.
The AIT office building was designed by Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa Monica, California to be an expression of the values of American democracy, and a demonstration of respect for Taiwan.
AIT plans to relocate to the new facility in the fall of 2018. After the June 12 dedication ceremony, people in Taiwan are advised to still come to AIT’s office on Xinyi Road for their visa interviews, U.S. passports, and other business. Please visit the AIT website or follow AIT on Facebook for further information about when AIT will open for official business in Neihu.