Wat Thai Washington, D.C. finally received an official permit to function as a place of worship on June 2, 1992.
A subcommittee for the ordination hall construction was appointed. This subcommittee worked diligently to complete the construction project starting with the permit application on March 5, 1993. While waiting for the local government to grant the construction permit, the temple organized the “groundbreaking ceremony” on June 6, 1993, which was on Visakha Day. On March 5, 1994 the permit was granted to begin the construction.
The subcommittee signed a contract with Warder & Associates Inc. with the construction budget of US$1,143,883.00 and started the work on June 13, 1994. The mixed Thai style building had two stories with the dimension of 40 foot wide and 100 foot long. The upstairs houses a worship hall that is used for meditation practices and religious ceremonies with a capacity of 299 people. The lower level has a large open multi-purpose room with a capacity of 300 people that is used for social functions, meetings, and can also be partitioned into a number of classrooms. The construction was completed according to all the terms listed in the contract.
The monks and the temple committee organized the grand opening ceremony on June 17-18, 1995 which included the Blessing of the Cornerstones and Sema Limit (marking the boundary). The chairman of the ceremony was His Excellency Manaspas Xuto, the Ambassador of Thailand to the U.S., and HRH Princess Chulabhorn Walailak kindly sent HSH Princess Vudhichalerm Vudhijaha to preside over the ceremony.