US Ambassador Richard G. Olson inaugurated the new building of the embassy in Islamabad at a ceremony, said a press release issued here on Friday. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel F Feldman and the State Department Director for Overseas Building Operations Casey Jones, Pakistani government officials and foreign diplomats were also present on the occasion. The construction on the building began in 2011 and it was completed at a cost of $85 million. The new embassy building incorporates numerous features designed to protect the environment, including an array of solar panels, energy efficient lighting, and architectural sunshades to reduce heat in the building. An on-site waste water treatment plant allows water to be recycled for irrigating landscaping throughout the campus and local Pakistani plants were used throughout the grounds to discourage erosion and maintain the original topography.
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