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Installation of Smoke Detectors/Fire Alarms


$600,000 Priority: 1-A

This project will provide the labor and miscellaneous materials needed to install and commission the building-wide early warning
smoke detection and fire alarm evacuation system procured under an earlier appropriation. An additional $2,600,000 will be required to
completely install this project. The work of this project will install the panels, the necessary wire and conduit, and smoke detectors to
make the system fully operational. Funding made available in fiscal years 1996 through 1998 will allow for the installation of the fire
panels, the required multi-plex loop throughout the building and installation of smoke detectors throughout the Basement Floor. The work
in the building will require channeling of plaster walls for the installation of fire alarm system wire, patching of the plaster and repainting
the walls/ceilings as required. In order to properly perform this work, each space has been surveyed by a team of experts to ensure that
the smoke detectors are installed in the proper place, with a minimum of destruction to the existing historical

Given the historically significant and architecturally sensitive nature of the Capitol and its contents, any fire, no matter how small
has the potential to cause irreparable damage to one of the Nation's most important structures. In a more immediate sense, a fire in the
Capitol could disrupt deliberation by either body of the Congress. In fact, a fire in the House Restaurant kitchen in 1980 caused the House
of Representatives to suspend business for the remainder of the day. Also, the voice reproduction capability of this system can be used
for other emergency management functions besides fire evacuation. It should be noted that funds have been provided in a separate but
related project for the installation of visual signals and other equipment as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Funding in
the amount of $600,000 is requested to remain in the base through fiscal year 2002 and $700,000 will be requested in fiscal years 2003
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Provide Infrastructure for Security Installations Category:

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The planning, design, acquisition and installation of security modifications are now the responsibility of the U.S. Capitol Police. However, the infrastructure to accommodate the installation of security systems is still the responsibility of the Architect of the Capitol. The work for which this funding request is made includes providing and installing various hardware to accommodate the security equipment, such as new door hardware, providing wall and floor penetrations, installation of conduits and other cable paths, and required patching and repairs following such installations. This project provides funding to support the installation of interior building alarms, interior door access control, duress alarms, security for egress doors, and camera installations in the Capitol and House and Senate Office Buildings. This program carries forward the funding that was originally made available in Chapter 4 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 1997.

This budget estimate is based on a "No Year" appropriation for material and labor to accommodate work that is anticipated during a period of aggressive security upgrades.

Security Project Support Category:


$200,000 Priority: 1-B

In the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, Public Law 105-277, approved October 21, 1998, funding was provided to the Capitol Police Board to carry out security measures for the Capitol complex. Among these measures, funding was provided for a variety of capital improvement projects to be designed and constructed by the Architect of Capitol.

These funds are being requested to provide staffing support for these critical projects. The level of effort that the security program entails is greater than existing staffing can oversee with the current workload. These funds will support the hiring of temporary staff or support services to facilitate managing this work. Among the needs are mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering skills, architectural skills, CAD technical skills, and contracting office staff to oversee the design and construction contracts.



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These funds would remain in the base on a "No Year" for the duration of the security program implementation which is currently estimated to be through fiscal year 2004.

Conservation of Wall Paintings


Cyclical Maintenance

$200,000 Priority: 2-A

The program to conserve fine art wall paintings in the Capitol began in 1985. Numerous frescoes by Constantino Brumidi and murals by others have been conserved in the Rotunda and on both the House and Senate sides of the Capitol. Priorities in the scheduling of projects are based on a 1981 report by a respected conservator, which has been updated by more recent inspections and studies.

On the Senate side of the Capitol, the murals in the Brumidi Corridors are gradually being conserved. The program began with
the frescoes by Brumidi in the lunettes over the doorways. The focus is now on uncovering the original decoration of the walls, starting
with the Patent Corridor, based on a ten-year plan developed in 1993. The original frescoed panels and trompe l'oeil borders have been
uncovered and the stone-colored borders and shadows replicated in the Patent Corridor and part of the North Corridor. This plan is being
revised in 1999 based on the work accomplished to date. Under the fiscal year 1999 contract, work will continue to the North Door and
tests will be made to determine the most effective techniques to remove over paint from the tempera original. In the years 2000 and 2001,
work will continue in the west end of the North Corridor, based on a revised long-range plan prepared in 1999. The Senate Commission
on Art will provide guidance to the Architect, who is responsible for administering the contract. $100,000 per year has been budgeted for
this effort it is projected to leave this amount in the base through fiscal year 2005.

Many of the earliest murals painted in the 1850s to 1860s on the House side, including the frescoes by Brumidi in H-144 and H-117, those by James Leslie in H-128, and the mural by Leutze, have now been conserved. Many of the remaining historic House-side murals were painted under Elmer Garnsey in 1901. A number of them have been conserved with gratifying results, including those in H-232, H-231, and H-230 in the suite being used by the Speaker. Efforts are also being made to analyze paint samples to discover original colors pe Bon Ampeg parence qe po portique gebic and designs used in decorated areas.

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In fiscal year 2001 work is proposed for the Speaker's Office, H-228 ($45,000). This is one of the rooms constructed in the West
Central Front in 1900, and has murals on the groin vaults and lunettes designed by Elmer Garnsey. The decorations depicting early vessels
correspond to the first occupant of the room, the House Committee on Naval Affairs. On the ceiling are a galley, galleon, clipper ship,
and steam ship, surrounded by marine motifs. The lunettes contain famous naval ships, such as the Hartford. The background of the
vaults has been over painted a yellow-brown color, but it appears to have been originally gilded like the ceiling in H-230. The original
background color on the lunettes was a warm yellow. The canvas on the wall lunettes is detached from the plaster and the paint has
extensive cracking and cupping. Paint is flaking from some areas.

On the Senate side work is proposed in the Vice-President's Office, S-212 ($55,000). The work to be conserved on the Senate side
of the Capitol will be identified in coordination with the Senate Commission on Art and Preservation Task Force. This room is proposed
for conservation as the one of the most significant frescoes by Constantino Brumidi still in need of conservation. Brumidi began decorating
the room in 1862. The large central fresco was painted in 1876, after the Civil War, with the scene Columbia Welcoming the South Back
into the Union. The illusionistic reliefs have been heavily and darkly over painted and the fresco has been retouched at least once.
Conservation will restore the vibrant colors, delicate details, and three-dimensional effects of Brumidi's work.

Other rooms for which there is a known need for future conservation include: H-157, H-162, H-209, H-227, H-330, H-331, S-113,
S-114, S-118, S-127, S-128, S-224, S-231, S-238, S-240, S-337A, S-228, and S-229.

Replacement of Minton Tile
Cyclical Maintenance

$200,000 Priority: 2-A

The existing Minton floor tiles were manufactured and installed throughout the Capitol in the mid-nineteenth century. Because most of these tiles have endured almost daily wear for some 140 years, some tiles in heavily traveled areas have worn to the extent that the decorative design has become unrecognizable, and the tiles themselves are badly cupped, creating an uneven floor surface. A program was begun in fiscal year 1982 and funded at $1.5 million to replace these tiles. Tiles have been installed for the areas designated as Phases I and II. Tiles have been received and are awaiting installation for the areas designated as Phases III and IV. The tiles have been ordered


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for Phase V, VI and VII areas, but have not yet been received. All tiles for these phases will be replaced under this portion of the program. We are projecting to install Phase IV C during spring recess and Phase III Part 1 during the summer recess.

Additional funds were requested in fiscal year 1996 to begin a ten year program to replace other deteriorated areas. The fiscal year 1996 purchase order designated Phase V-C, is comprised of tile located in the House Third floor corridor. The fiscal year 1998 Minton Tile allotment provided for the completion of the procurement of the tile necessary for the House third floor corridor and started the ordering of tile for the Senate second floor corridor (Phase V-D). Given the nature of the time required to order and fabricate the tile, each of the proposed allotments has been split between the purchase of tile and installation.

The installation cost represents approximately 15% of the total estimate over ten years but varies year to year based on the inventory of new tile on hand and the amount of salvaged tile that can be reused. It is hoped that 20% of the original Minton Tile can be salvaged for reuse. As each phase of new Minton Tile is set, the salvaged tile will be inventoried and then scheduled for re-installation in adjacent areas where the tile is heavily worn but does not require wholesale replacement or for individual replacement of damaged tiles.

Each future phase is scheduled to include the placement of a tile order upon the availability of funding, an 18 month period for tile fabrication, shipment, receipt, inspection, inventory and pattern mockup, and a 12 month period for tile installation. The cost of each projected phase has been escalated from a fiscal year 1996 base. The total cost of the five proposed future phases (to be funded in five annual increments) is $1,005,000. The average cost per year is approximately $200,000, which is the basis for an annualized budget request. Funds are appropriated on a "No Year" basis.

Roofing Repair Around House and Senate Chambers Category:

Cyclical Maintenance


Priority: 2-A

The flat seam copper roofing around the outer perimeters of the House and Senate Chambers is badly deteriorated. Replacement of the roofing should be undertaken to avoid costly damage due to water leakages. Replacement would be accomplished with new flat seam soldered 20 oz. weight new copper. The new roof is expected to last over 75 years. The total cost of this roof replacement is


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