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Second, are the Modifications and Enlargement of the Capitol
This project is being constructed in five
phases. Work under Phase I is complete with the exception
of the completion of the installation of four large centrif
ugal refrigeration machines and a cooling tower, currently
scheduled to be in operation by June 1979. Phase II
- is completed. Phase III - construc
tion of the new refrigeration and operations buildings
and tunnel - is 99% or substantially complete. Phase IV
procurement and installation of mechanical and electrical equipment - is approximately 70% complete and tentatively
targeted for completion in September 1979. Phase V - all
remaining miscellaneous items - is tentatively projected
to be completed by September 1980. Final project completion
date is projected to be December 1980.
Third, is the Construction of an Extension to the Dirksen
Senate Office Building: This project (designated as the
Philip A. Hart Senate Office Building project) is presently
planned to be constructed in five phases. Phase I, con
struction of temporary vehicular and service access and
Phase II for excavations and foundations, are completed.
Phase III for exterior stone work is 99% or substantially
complete. Phase IV for construction of the superstructure
is in progress and scheduled for completion in April 1980.
Phase V, interior and related work, has been separated
into two parts, i.e., V-A to accomplish the partial
mechanical work and equipment and V-B to complete the
The contract for Phase V-A was awarded
in December of 1978 and is scheduled for completion in
The release of Phase V-B for bidding
purposes is awaiting the approval of appropriation
requirements; if that is accomplished in the next 1979
Supplemental Appropriation, the finishing and related
originally planned as alterations and/or additions to
the Dirksen and Russell Buildings, has been postponed
indefinitely pending a decision regarding general
alterations to the existing buildings.
Fourth, is the Master Plan for Future Development of the
Capitol Grounds and Related Areas: The plan is being
were completed and distributed in August 1976 and
August 1977, respectively. Phase II contains a series
of options now being studied and weighed in preparation
for the Phase III -- or final -- report, which is
In addition, there is also presented on pages 1.19 and 1.20 of
the justifications, a statement with respect to the West Central
Front of the Capitol:
As a final matter, Mr. Chairman, I have requested three
program supplementals in the 1980 Budget for fiscal year 1979.
Installation of Solar Collectors in House Office
Buildings, $3,000,000; Construction of an Extension to the
Dirksen Senate Office Building, $49,500,000; and Library
Buildings and Grounds, Structural and Mechanical Care, $425,000.
The latter amount represents six months funding for 39 additional
positions requested to provide full staffing of the James Madison
Memorial Building, for those areas under my jurisdiction and
necessary for care and maintenance with the imminent occupancy of
the building. If approved, the position authorization and related
funding will remain in the 1980 base. Accordingly, only annuali
zation is included in the 1980 request.
All of these projects have been included in the 1980 Budget,
as transmitted, and will be justified and submitted separately as Fiscal Year 1979 Supplementals.
Mr. Chairman, that concludes my brief summary and I shall be
pleased to respond to questions that the Committee may have.
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MASTER PLANNING Mr. BENJAMIN. Let's go over your general statement first, and then we can get to the supplementals, and I assume the general statement you have submitted does include the Senate items, even though you have not itemized those in your highlights.
Mr. WHITE. Yes, sir.
Mr. BENJAMIN. On August 5, 1978, a long-range plan that sets forth as many as 11 major new House and Senate Office Buildings was described by at least one Senator as ridiculous and outrageous. Allegedly, the Architect responded that the master plan for the U.S. Capitol is being prepared simply to identify the best sites and design concepts for future congressional expansion and none of the plan's proposals have been funded, endorsed or debated by the Congress. The plan supposedly makes no assumptions about actual need for any space beyond the Hart Building, according to the Architect, who stated that no one knows what the future holds, and if the need doesn't exist, the plans can be left on the shelf.
In 1975, the Architect testified before this subcommittee that he had been meeting with the National Capital Planning Commission regarding this activity. The 1976 appropriations act provided $350,000 for an outside planning firm to draft the master plan.
In 1977, the Architect reported that the planning firms had completed Phase I and that all 3 phases would be completed by August 19, 1977.
However, in August, 1977, Phase II was completed. The final report, according to the Architect's testimony in 1978 would be issued in early 1978. He further requested an additional appropriation of $100,000. Was that appropriation granted?
Mr. WHITE. It was. Mr. BENJAMIN. So you actually have $450,000 for that plan. Mr. WHITE. That is correct. Mr. BENJAMIN. On March 1, 1979, more than 18 months after Phase III was to be delivered to the Congress, you indicate that Phase III is scheduled for issuance in 1979. Please advise when it will be issued.
Mr. WHITE. It will be available by this summer; I would say June or July of this year. Part of the reason for the delay, Mr. Chairman, was anticipating the appropriation of those additional funds, and in my testimony last year in requesting those funds I mentioned that that was the reason for the delay.
We are now prepared to proceed and have begun with the final phase.
Mr. BENJAMIN. I believe your original testimony in 1975 was that you only needed $300,000, and $350,000 was subsequently appropriated. What communications you may have had off the record, I don't know. Then apparently you have indicated $450,000 was needed, and you have all $450,000. However, in 1978, wasn't that the first time you had asked for the additional $100,000?
Mr. WHITE. In 1978; that is correct.
Mr. BENJAMIN. So consequently any delay could not be predicated on the fact of lack of the additional $100,000?
Mr. WHITE. Not all of it; the additional length of time that it took initially was interrelated to the reason for asking for the additional funds, which was that as we proceeded with the planning process, it became apparent that it was necessary to go more extensively into the collection of data and information than had originally been anticipated, and the judgment on that was-
NEED FOR MASTER PLAN DETAIL Mr. BENJAMIN. What do you mean by that?
Mr. WHITE. The original concept, for example, with regard to the plan was to go into, let's say, the area of transportation, to a certain depth, and it became apparent that more data was needed in terms of traffic patterns, and traffic flow on the streets and the movement of people onto and off of the Hill in the morning and in the evening; so that the originally budgeted amount of work which would be necessary to achieve the desired results appeared to be inadequate, and it was felt that it was important enough to have credible data, and thus to dig deeper into that kind of information than we had originally anticipated. That took a little more time and some more money.
Time didn't seem to be of the essence, in any case, since we are concerned with long-range planning, and the planning was really instituted to some degree as a result of some discussions that had occurred regarding the need for an additional House office building. The pressures for that seemed to diminish as a result of the acquisition of jurisdiction over the old FBI identification building, now known as House Office Building Annex No. 2, and since the needs had diminished, the time pressures for the preparation of the master plan seemed to diminish as well. So there was no great effort made to try and meet that time limit.
Mr. BENJAMIN. By time pressure I suppose you are saying Congress wasn't putting great pressure on you?
Mr. WHITE. That is correct.
Mr. BENJAMIN. So, as a consequence, it has gone 18 months and $100,000 more than anticipated.
Mr. WHITE. The $100,000 is related to the 18 months only in that the additional funds were spent to get more information. It was not a result of delay, as such, that the costs went up.
Mr. BENJAMIN. How much have you spent on this today, and would you provide an itemization for the record of all expenditures in-house and for outside consultants?
Mr. WHITE. Yes, I will be glad to provide that; and in that regard, I should say, Mr. Chairman, that in accordance with my testimony last year, any additional funds that are necessary to complete this project are available from our contingent expenses and thus no additional requests for appropriations will be made for that purpose.
[The information follows:)
ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL MASTER PLAN FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE
Obligations and expenditures as of Jan. 31, 1979
Drawings, blueprints, et cetera .........
Amount $1,019.85 3,262.04