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Mr. STEWART. Mr. Pincus can describe that very clearly.
Mr. Pincts. It is located in the northwest section of the Capitol Grounds, sir.
Mr. HENLOCK. Near the northwest drive, about halfway up the drive.
Senator PROXMIRE. What is the estimated annual cost of normal maintenance and repair of the grotto?
Mr. PINCUs. There is no regular normal maintenance, sir.
ELIMINATION AND RELANDSCAPING
Senator PROXMIRE. Elimination of the grotto would require an act of Congress; is that correct?
Mr. PINCUS. Yes, sir.
Senator PROXMIRE. Would the cost of eliminating the grotto and relandscaping cost more than the maintenance ?
Mr. Pincus. That is hard to say, sir; it depends on what would be done in the way of landscaping.
Senator PROXMIRE. Suppose we just eliminate it and replace it with grass?
Mr. Pincus. It would be less than the repair cost. It is used mainly in the summer as drinking quarters.
Senator PROXMIRE. To make it explicit this is water you are talking about?
Mr. Pincus. Yes, sir.
Senator PROXMIRE. All right. Coming from Wisconsin if it were beer or milk that would be all right, too.
SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS
We come now to Senate Office Buildings for which you are requesting a 1969 appropriation of $2,901,900, a net decrease of $592,000. Pages 60 to 66 will be placed in the hearing record at this point.
(The justification follows:) 1.968 appropriation in annual act--
$3, 204, 900 1968 Supplemental Appropriation Act--Improvements, Senate Office Buildings
231, 000 Wage-Board Pay Supplemental.
58, 000 Total appropriations, 1968.
3, 493, 900
Deductions Modernization of Elevator No. 11, Old Senate Office Building—Nonrecurring item allowed for 1968, not required for 1969.
45, 000 Installation of 3 additional elevators in southwest corner of New
Senate Office Building-Nonrecurring item allowed for 1968, not required for 1969_
470, 000 Replacement of 3 revolving doors, Old Senate Office Building—Nonrecurring item allowed for 1968, not required in 1969...
5, 000 Changes and improvements, telephone exchange, including remodel
ing of portion of vacated telephone exchange, New Senate Office Building: Nonrecurring item allowed for 1968, not required for 1969
206, 000 Special room for magnetic tape addressing system, New Senate
Office Building: Nonrecurring item allowed for 1968, not required for 1969..
25,000 (-)751, 000 Base for 1969_
2, 742, 900
Wage-Rate Increases authorized by Public Law 763, 83rd congress--
4,971 1, 200
Contribution to retirement fund—increased from $116,315 to $123,500
This item is required to cover the cost of government contribution to retirement fund required by Public Law 854, 84th Congress. The additional cost results from increase in basic pay
rates. General Annual Repairs—increased from $23,000 to $25,000.
This allotment, for the past 5 years, has provided $15,000 annually, for repair, maintenance, and upkeep of the roof, skylights, revolving doors, vacuum cleaners, scrubbing machines, electric spraying machines, hand trucks and other equipment, and for general structural care of the two Senate Office Buildings; and $8,000 for maintenance and upkeep of the subway cars, tracks and electrical equipment of the subway systeins now in use, placed in service in 1961.
For 1969, an increase of $2,000 is requested to meet general cost increases on steel, tires, and other repair and maintenance
items for the subway transportation systems. Annual Painting—increased from $30,000 to $40,000.
No increase has been provided under this allotment since
200 suite rooms, ceilings and walls, both build-
40, 000 Laundry—increased from $10,000 to $12,000.
No increase has been provided under this allotment since 1959. During the past 12 years, the number of personnel in offices throughout the two buildings has increased from year to year and this has, in turn, increased the amount of laundering work necessary to be done, annually. This is particularly true with respect to hand towels which constitute the major laundering item. The allotment provides for the laundering of hand towels, drop cloths, mops, roller cloth towels, bath towels, bags, couch covers, pillow cases, sheets, and nurses' uniforms.
In order to meet current costs, an increase of $2,000 is re
quired under this allotment for 1969. Elevator repairs and improvements : Annual Item-increased from $5,000 to $5,500_--
The regular annual allotment of $5,000 provides for repair, maintenance, and upkeep of the existing 14 elevators and 1 lift in the Old Senate Office Building and the existing 10 elevators and 1 lift in the New Senate Office Building. The allotment provides for such items as cable, repair parts, lubricants, oil, grease, tools, and cleaning fluid.
The additional amount of $500 for 1969 provides for maintenance of the 3 additional elevators now being installed in the Vew Senate Office Building, which are expected to be placed in service during the last quarter of the fiscal year 1969; and for in
creased cost for maintenance of the 24 existing elevators. No increase has been provided under this allotment for the past 9 years. Replacement of marble balustrades on the terraces at the Southeast and Southwest corners of the Old Senate Office Building: Non-recurring item The marble balustrades on the Constitution Avenue side of the Old Senate Office Building, at the roof, balcony, and terrace levels, are now 59 years old, being a part of the original building construction. Examination of these balustrades, made during the past year, discloses that the balustrades at the roof and balcony levels are still in sound condition, but that the balustrades at the terrace level at the Southeast and Southwest corners of the building have deteriorated to the point where they should be replaced without further delay. The balustrade at the Southwest corner requires replacement not only on the Constitution Avenue side of the building, but also on the Delaware Avenue side. The portion to be replaced on the Delaware Avenue side is also 59 years Old. These terrace balustrades are badly weathered and eroded; the marble walls under these balustrades show multiple cracks and seams and, due to these natural faults, weathering has been accelerated; the profiles are weathered into grotesque shapes and some of these items are structurally unsound. The marble is sugary in substance, rubs off easily to the touch, and spalling has taken place. In their present condition, they constitute a hazard. Under the amount of $28,000, it is proposed to remove the existing balustrades and top rail over the balusters at the Southeast and Southwest corners and to replace them with 148 new marble balusters and 80 lineal feet of new rail. Supplies and Materials—increased from $60,000 to $65,000--------- 5,000 The regular annual allotment of $60,000 provides cleaning, plumbing, carpentry, heating, electrical, hardware, toilet and general miscellaneous supplies for the care of the two Senate Office Buildings; also for the replacement of fluorescent tubes throughout the 2 buildings, doing one building each year. Each building contains approximately 18,000 fluorescent tubes. The increase of $5,000 for 1969 is required to cover increased costs of supplies and materials—particularly for carpentry work for building partitions, bookcases, and other items requiring the use of lumber, and for toilet supplies, such as hand towels, drinking cups, toilet tissue, and soap. No increase has been provided under this allotment since 1964---------------- (+) 159,000
Total estimate for 1969----------------------------------- 2,901, 900
NEW SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
Senator PROxMIRE. You stated on page 65, three additional elevators under construction in this office building will be in operation in the last quarter of fiscal year 1969, which makes it about a year from now. There have been complaints that the elimination of the stairwell from the first floor to the lower floors makes it more frustrating than ever to wait for the existing elevators.
Mr. STEwART. May I have Mr. Rubel answer that question?
Senator PROxMIRE. Yes, sir. I am very anxious to know this because I feel very strongly that Senators should be encouraged to exercise. I want to walk down and I have to wait for an elevator.
Mr. RUBEL. I can appreciate that because I frequently use stairways myself. The new elevators were placed under contract on January 18, 1968. The contract completion date is April 30, 1969, which is about a year from now. In the interim, government personnel has removed the stairway and cleared the stairwell. The elevator contractor is due to start his work at the site about October 1, 1968.
In the meantime the elevator machinery is being manufactured at the plant of the contractor.
Senator PROxMIRE. Why does that take so long?
Mr. RUBEL. Mainly the workload presently imposed on the few reputable manufacturers. Twelve months is very good delivery on modern elevators.
Next Monday the bids will be open for the general construction work that has to be done in the vacated stairwell, including the construction of a new stairway on the other side of the corridor from the first floor down to the basement floor. That will be a service stairway for serving the lower levels. The bids for the general construction work will open next Monday. It is expected that an award will be be made within a week and some contractor activity at the site will be evident in another month. Priority will be given to the construction of the new service stairway previously mentioned. Senator PRoxMIRE. Can you make an estimate as to when that might be available? Mr. RUBEL. There is some structural steel involved and, as you know, a strike is threatened in the steel industry. In the event of a strike in the industry, steel deliveries may be delayed for an indefinite period. Senator PROxMIRE. On the assumption there is not a strike. Mr. RUBEL. If the steel is delivered on a reasonable schedule, the service stairway may be ready for use by the first of October. Senator PRoxMIRE. That would be a stairway that would go from the sixth floor down to the basement? Mr. RUBEL: No, sir; only from the first floor to the basement, where most of the traffic is concentrated.
OLD SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
REPLACEMENT OF MARBLE BALUSTRADES
Senator PROxMIRE. You are asking $28,000 additional for the replacement of the marble balustrades on the terraces of the southeast and southwest corners of the Old Senate Office Building. While I concede this is desirable, is it necessary structurally at the present time? Mr. CAMPIOLI. As you can see, Mr. Chairman, from some of these photographs, some of these balustrades have eroded to what is not possibly much more than 50 percent of the original marble still in place. Some of the railing sections on top of the balustrades are cracked. Should any of these balustrades fail not only would the balustrade fall on to the sidewalk below but the railing also that is supported by the balustrades. Senator PRoxMIRE. Do they serve a structural purpose?