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Accordingly, the total requested for 1980, $69, 300, applies to that particular area. More specifically, it is intended that water flow measurement devices be installed in chilled water lines serving the major air conditioning units, in the domestic hot water circulation loop, and in the secondary hot water heating systems. These devices are essential for future automated monitoring and control, if maximum savings in resources are to be realized. Both presently occupied buildings, the Library of Congress and Thomas Jefferson, have been selected for these improvements and their related costs are $39,300 and $30,000, respectively.

As with all work to be done under this program, every effort will be made to schedule and coordinate this work to prevent any interference with the activities of or undue discomfort to building occupants. Engineering details, plans, drawings and specifications will be prepared by the Architect's Engineering Staff and purchase of materials will be accomplished as a result of competitive bids. Installation will be done in part by regular maintenance forces, supplemented by skilled temporary mechanics and laborers, under the supervision and direction of the Architect's Engineering Staff. It is requested that funds be appropriated on a "No Year" basis since much of the work will have to be done when the buildings are not heavily occupied and the systems can be shut-down.


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Alterations and improvements to Coolidge Auditorium.....

$ 900,000

The Coolidge Auditorium, located in the northwest court of the Main Building, was constructed in 1925 at a total cost of $94,000, financed by an endowment and gift from the late Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The auditorium was designed by Charles A. Platt, who was retained as architect for the project. The work was accomplished under the direction of the Architect of the Capitol.

The auditorium has a seating capacity of 511. It was planned for, and dedicated primarily to, the performance of chamber music. It is world renowned for its fine acoustical qualities for such presentations.

The auditorium, as designed and constructed, contains a small projection booth on the roof, above the lobby. The only changes or improvements that have been made in the auditorium since it was built have been limited to painting, installation of new flooring, and installation of air conditioning in 1960.

Under an allotment of $15,000 provided for 1973 for such purpose, the services of Milton L. Grigg, Elden F. Wood, Henry J. Browne, and George L. Williams, architects of Charlottesville and Alexandria, Virginia, were engaged by contract to make a survey, study, report, and submit an estimate of cost for recommended alterations and renovations deemed necessary to eliminate existing fire and other hazards under present-day safety standards, and to remedy any other conditions requiring change or improvement in the light of the changes in use that have occurred over the years.


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As a result of the studies and recommendations submitted by these architects, it was requested that an appropriation of $500,000 be allowed for 1977 to effect alterations and improvements deemed necessary and desirable, but denial without prejudice was forthcoming from both the House and Senate.

According to present-day life safety standards for places of assembly, this facility can be considered less than adequate. The stage and dressing room areas are not noncombustible and the means of egress are not adequate. The location of the present projection booth is both difficult and hazardous, requiring entrance through a window and across the roof of the auditorium. The entire facility needs to be renovated and modernized. New modern lighting, sound system, and projection facilities are proposed to be constructed to allow film, slide, and TV programs of professional and historical quality to be utilized, in addition to its present use for Chamber music concerts.

A more detailed description of work proposed to be done follows; concluded by a breakdown of costs.

Corrected and modernized projection of motion pictures.
Corrected and modernized projection of slides.
Expanded capability in the utilization of closed circuit

Installation of complete up-to-date projection and control room

to be located at the rear of the auditorium in the general
area of what is now the Lobby, but preserving present means
of egress and ingress out of and into the auditorium.
Installation of 2 new dressing rooms behind stage and redesign

of 2 existing dressing rooms.
Installation of complete modern sound system to accommodate

live music, drama and lectures, as well as motion pictures,
slides, and closed circuit television.


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Installation of complete modern lighting system throughout

the facility, in terms of general auditorium lighting, stage
lighting, and ancillary lighting features -- all of which
will permit the proposed expanded use of the auditorium.
Revision of all means of egress and ingress to the extent

necessary to comply with modern fire and life safety

Provide fire protection of all structural, architectural,

mechanical, and electrical elements throughout the facility
to the extent necessary to comply with modern fire and life

safety regulations.
Provide adequate heating, cooling and ventilating systems

throughout the facility, taking exceptional care that noise
level of all operating equipment is reduced to a level which

is compatible with all auditorium functions.
Revise the existing plumbing system to accommodate redesign of

dressing rooms and provide sprinklers over stage.
Revise existing electrical systems to accommodate all contem-

plated changes to the auditorium
Replace the existing auditorium floor covering and seat covering

with materials of similar aesthetic, wearing, and acoustical

characteristics as existing materials.
Repaint and redecorate the entire facility.


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Site work, demolition, and other general requirements.... $ 52,700
Concrete work...........


8,400 Masonry work..............

Metal Work.........

Carpentry work......

15, 200
Thermal and moisture protection..........................

3,800 Doors, windows, and glazing..............................

31,400 Finishes and specialties.................................


Mechanical and electrical work.......


...... $ 448,000

Add: Contractors overhead and profit........
Add: 20.5% escalation over period of project.......
Add: Architectural fee, administration and field

supervision, and contingency allowance...

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Total Estimated Cost...

$ 900,000"


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