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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

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Additions

Wage-Rate Increases authorized by Public Law 763, 83rd congress--
Under the provisions of Public Law 763, 83rd Congress, 295
laborers and mechanics on the Senate Office Buildings Roll are
compensated on a wage-board, prevailing-rate basis. Public Law
763 provides that the compensation of such employees shall be
fixed and adjusted from time to time as nearly as is consistent
with the public interest in accordance with prevailing rates.
An increase of $25,120 is requested for 1969 to meet on a full-
year basis the cost of increased wage rates established for
these wage-board positions as a result of a general Survey of
government and industrial employees' wages in the Washington
Metropolitan area, conducted during the past year. The new
rates went into eflect October 22, 1967, pursuant to the provi-
sions of Public Law 85–872, 85th Congress. The increase is
necessary in order that the Senate Office Buildings' Wage-
Board employees may be compensated on a full-year basis in
the fiscal year 1969 in accordance with present prevailing rates.
An increase of $7,324 is requested for 1969 to meet the cost
of within-grade promotions and other changes authorized by
Public Law 763 under the Wage-Board system for employees
compensated under that Act.
Within-grade promotions and other changes authorized by the
Classification Act of 1949, as amended, for employees com-
pensated under that Act - -
Overtime and Holiday Pay allotment, increased from $250,985 to
$252,185 - - - - - - - - - - -
This allotment is adjusted to conform to increased costs result-
ing from base pay increases.
Nightwork and Sunday differential pay, increased from $54,000 to
$83,000 --------------------------------------------
This increase is necessary to meet the cost on a current
expenditure basis of work performed under this allotment.
Costs under this allotment have been gradually increasing over
the past several years, due to annual wage-rate increases pro-
vided by law and the addition of personnel, and the point
has now been reached where a realistic adjustment under this
allotment is necessary.
Pay above the stated annual rate allotment-Increase--------------
Normally, it is necessary to provide, annually, for one addi-
tional day's pay above the regular 260-basic workdays per year,
since usually the extra day falls on a basic workday (Monday
to Friday). This allotment is determined by deducting 52 Satur-
days and 52 Sundays from the total of 365 calendar days in a
normal year. Last year (Leap Year), one additional day fell
on a Saturday and the other on a Sunday, resulting in the elimi-
nation of the need for this allotment for 1968. For 1969, the ad-
ditional day falls on a basic workday, necessitating the need for
restoration of this allotment for 1969.
Increased Pay Costs due to Public Law 90–206 “Federal Salary Act
of 1967”, approved December 16, 1967--------------------------
Increases authorized by this Act went into effect October
8, 1967. The cost for the fiscal year 1968 amounts to $15,800.
Due to delay in filling 7 new jobs allowed for 1968, it is possible
to absorb this cost for 1968. However, since such savings will
not recur in 1969, it is necessary to request for 1969 the full
annual cost of $23,200 for next year.
Payment to Employees' Life Insurance Fund—increased from $4,800
to $11,300 -
This item is required to cover the cost of the government's
payment to employees' life insurance fund required by Public
Law 598, 83rd Congress. The increase of $6,500 is due to ad-
ditional costs resulting from enactment of Public Law 90–206,
which provides for additional amounts of insurance for all Fed-
eral employees and establishes a new minimum insurance cov-
erage of $10,000 for those employees whose annual basic salary
is $8,000 or less.

32,444

4,971 1, 200

7,000

6,500

7, 185

2,000

10,000

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
1961, at which time the wages of painters were $3.69 per hour.
As of February 1968, the wages, including fringe benefits, were
$5.08 per hour, and, as of March 1968, the wages have been in-
(reased to $5.31 per hour, including fringe benefits. This
amounts to a 40 per cent increase in labor costs for painting
work. The increase has been occurring gradually during the
past 7 years and we have tried to absorb the increase as far
as possible, but the point has now been reached where it is
necessary to request that the annual painting allotment be in-
creased from $30,000 to $40,000 in order to meet current work
requirements. The estimate is based on painting the same num-
ber of rooms for 1969 in the two buildings as allowed for 1968
and prior years, as follows:

200 suite rooms, ceilings and walls, both build-
ings @ $140 per room---

$28, 000
Cleaning and painting corridor walls and vene-
tian blinds, both buildings------

6, 000
20 suite rooms, refinishing woodwork (trim and
doors) @ $300 per room-

6, 000

2,000

Total

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

500

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

ELEVATORS INSTALLATION

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.

STAIRWELL CoNSTRUCTION

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?

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