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Capital Budget Projects Funded in the Base

Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

employees be hired to perform input of existing documentation into CAD for future use and verification. This would provide a consolidated
but unconfirmed database of site utilities. During the development of the initial portion of this database, it was determined that additional
field survey of utilities was required prior to CAD documentation. This process was begun in fiscal year 1999 and numerous sites have
been fully surveyed and utilities located to begin development of a comprehensive site utility CAD database. It is proposed to continue
the process begun in fiscal year 1999 to survey areas and update the CAD databases accordingly. It will include aerial surveys, field
surveys, field location of utilities, and coordination with existing documentation. Because of the above finding the total estimate of this
project has been revised to $870,000 of which $120,000 has been provided. This project is scheduled to remain in the budget base at the
$250,000 level for fiscal years 2002 and 2003.

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Wayfinding and ADA Compliant Signage

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$330,000 Priority: 1-C

Best The Wayfinding and ADA-Compliant Signage Program is a Capitol Complex-wide effort. The lack of adequate signage has been
noted as a major deficiency in the Office of Compliance's bi-annual reports on the Architect of the Capitol. Over the past several years,
numerous Members and countless visitors have complained about the lack of guidance to accessible pathways around the grounds,
accessible building entrances, and the various services, offices and Member and Leadership suites in the Capitol Complex. The Office
of Compliance has not cited the AOC because this agency has been actively involved with the design of a new signage program and has
shown progress toward the implementation of the new program, subject to the availability of funds. If this effort's momentum is broken,
the AOC risks citation by the Office of Compliance. Presentations of the new program have been made to Officers of the House and
Senate, key oversight staff, and representatives of the United States Capitol Police, Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office.
All support the effort with great enthusiasm. This is especially so with the Sergeants at Arms and Capitol Police, who are confident that
vastly improved signage will allow police officers on guard at building entrances and throughout the complex to better accomplish their
primary missions with fewer interruptions from visitors seeking wayfinding directions. Because the signage in building interiors will also
provide direction to exits, including those which are accessible, the Wayfinding and ADA-Compliant Signage Program will complement
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and enhance the current effort to place emergency exit signs throughout all buildings in the complex.

MI! peThe work involves the fabrication and installation of wayfinding and ADA-compliant signage throughout the exterior of the Capitol
Complex. The 100% design and associated mockup project were funded under the existing ADA Accessibility Program and were
completed in December 1999. The principal element of the exterior signage is the four-sided granite "You Are Here" pylon that features
maps of the complex, directions to major buildings and other destinations, other crucial information of importance to visitors to the
complex, and historical information on the buildings, statuary and landscape features of the complex. Over 40 of the pylons will be
strategically placed throughout the complex.

It is estimated that $1,650,000 will be required to complete the fabrication and installation of the signage throughout the exterior of the Capitol Complex. Funding is being requested in five phases beginning fiscal year 2001 with the amount of $330,000. Funds are requested on a "No Year" basis.

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Security Improvements, Hart Building Horseshoe Entrance (Second Street, N.E.)
Category:

Security

$1,200,000

There is currently no permanent physical vehicle barrier at the main entrance to the Hart Senate Office Building on Second Street, N.E. It is proposed that an architecturally appropriate barrier system be installed at the inside edge of the street sidewalk, encompassing the entrance driveways. This would allow use of the current drive by Senators and escorted motorcades but would prevent a vehicle from crashing into the building. A design is being prepared with the funding provided in fiscal year 1998. Construction funding for this work will be requested in fiscal year 2002.

Reconstruct Delaware Avenue, S.W.
Category:

Cyclical Maintenance

$300,000

Over the past five years this street has been sinking severely. Tiber Creek runs beneath this area, so it is very likely that the subbase is marshy and unstable. Also, a continuous succession of delivery trucks are parked on this street until they can be unloaded at the Rayburn Building loading dock. There is a concern for safety, as the street may eventually deteriorate severely.

An engineering design study will be done in fiscal year 2000 to thoroughly investigate what will be required to stabilize the street. Construction funding will be requested in the year 2002. It is currently estimated that approximately $300,000 would be required for construction. That estimate will be refined once the actual extent of the destabilization is known, and the cost of stabilization efforts and repaving is determined through the design effort.

Restoration of Summer House
Category: Cyclical Maintenance

$80,000

The summer house (grotto), located on the northwest portion of Capitol Square, is constructed of brick, terra cotta tiles, flagstone, and ornamental ironwork. There is a multi-pool fountain in the center, in addition to naturalistically-arranged stone over which water flows in the grotto. Moisture-loving plantings such as hardy orchids and ferns are nestled among the stones. The grotto is viewed through an

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Capitol Grounds

Capital Budget Projects Beginning in Fiscal Year 2002

ornate oval ironwork grate on the east side of the summer house.

Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

The structure was designed for Frederick Law Olmsted by an English-born architect in the 1880's. Though the structure is small, its design and craftsmanship are highly significant, architecturally and historically. Future generations of visitors, like those of the present and the past century, will marvel at the beauty of this gem. The multiple patterns of brick are extremely complicated, and repointing and resetting of bricks, flagstone, and terra cotta tiles should be done by a mason who is a restoration expert.

The estimated cost for the restoration is $80,000, which will be requested in fiscal year 2002.

Design, Replace, Automate and Expand Irrigation System

Category:

Cyclical Maintenance

$80,000

The existing underground irrigation system that serves the Capitol Grounds needs to be replaced. It dates back to the 1930s and several components of it are no longer manufactured. Capitol grounds plumbers frequently have to create makeshift parts. Further, the system is operated manually. This requires that two plumbers work off-hour shifts to turn manual valves on and off. They work six nights a week during the warm months. The two plumbers alternately work a five-night and six-night week.

In the spring and fall, as well as some parts of the summer, the night plumbers provide water for newly-planted masses of bedding plants. Night watering is necessary to avoid wetting pedestrians and cars with partially opened windows. Night watering is also done to avoid scorching of foliage, which results when watering is done during hot, sunny hours. VOC to brown (VOC BELCO RUP

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A new automated system that can be electronically programmed to come on and off at night should be installed. More sophisticated systems are equipped with sensors to prevent the system from coming on if the soil is moist, or if it is raining. This investment in technology would eliminate the need to pay night differential wages and overtime for a sixth night of watering each week, and allow the two plumbers to work on service and repair needs of the system during the day shift in addition to the potential water savings.

A new underground irrigation system would need to be installed by a private contractor. Such an undertaking would not be feasible for the existing plumbing staff. Funding will be requested in fiscal year 2002 in the amount of $80,000 for design work. The total cost of the replacement is estimated to be $600,000, to be appropriated over two fiscal years beginning in fiscal year 2004. This phased

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Fiscal Year 2001 Budget Estimate

approach will reduce the funding impact in each fiscal year, and enable discrete portions of the irrigation system to be installed on an area by area basis.

Renovation to Former D.C. Streetlights Category:

Improvement - AOC

$200,000

At the present time, approximately 700 street light poles serve the street lights under the jurisdiction of the Architect. Over the years, the street lights serving the Capitol Grounds have been controlled/owned by different entities (AOC, PEPCO and the District of Columbia Government). Many existing poles which were owned by PEPCO were purchased by the AOC to provide uniformity of style and type of luminaries and type of the light source. The AOC developed a master plan to replace poles in poor conditions, and rewire and revise service to serve the lights from the nearest building. In order to continue to provide proper maintenance to all of the poles serving the streets under the AOC jurisdiction, it is requested that 221 poles be transferred from the District of Columbia Department of Public Works and it is proposed to modernize the street lights for uniformity (replace cobra head poles), better illumination, and proper maintenance to improve the safety of the public. The total work is estimated at $685,000

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The cost estimate is based on previous experience when the AOC purchased 215 poles from PEPCO.

Design, Tunnel Drainage, Southwest Drive

Category:

Improvement-AOC

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During heavy rains, runoff down the Southwest Drive on Capitol Square rises and enters the air exhaust from the Rayburn subway tunnel. To prevent this from happening sandbags are place around the exhaust when heavy rains are predicted. Design funding will be requested to develop a permanent solution to this problem. More than likely the solution will require the relocation of the exhaust shaft from the street area. A request for design funding of $50,000 is planned for fiscal year 2002. The request for construction funds, currently estimated at $400,000, will follow in fiscal year 2004.

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