In an important symbol of the United States’ partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Peninsula Affairs Daniel Benaim, U.S. Embassy Riyadh Chargé d’Affaires Martina Strong and U.S. Consul General in Dhahran David Edginton officially dedicated the new U.S. Consulate General campus in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

The new campus is situated on a 10.5-acre site in the Al Andalus District of the city of Al-Khobar and incorporates numerous sustainable features to conserve resources and reduce operating costs, including demand-controlled ventilation, efficient site lighting, and on-site wastewater treatment and reuse. It achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification—a globally recognized mark of achievement in high-performance, best-in-class, green buildings.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP of Washington, D.C., was the design architect for the project, and Caddell Construction Company, LLC of Montgomery, Alabama, constructed the complex, employing a workforce of roughly 800 U.S., Saudi Arabian and third-country nationals and injecting approximately $95 million into the local economy.

Learn more about the project here.