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Second, are the Modifications and Enlargement of the Capitol

Power Plant:

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

site preparation

- 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

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into two parts, i.e., V-A to accomplish the partial
installation, or "roughing-in", of all electrical and

mechanical work and equipment and V-B to complete the

interior work.

The contract for Phase V-A was awarded

in December of 1978 and is scheduled for completion in

December 1981.

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
work should be completed by mid 1982. Phase VI,

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
accomplished in three Phases. Phase I and II reports

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
scheduled for issuance in 1979.

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:

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As a final matter, Mr. Chairman, I have requested three

program supplementals in the 1980 Budget for fiscal year 1979.

They are:

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

CAPITOL GROUNDS

Obligations and expenditures as of Jan. 31, 1979

Administrative:

Drawings, blueprints, et cetera .........
Travel..

................................

Amount $1,019.85 3,262.04

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