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OTHER INCREASES - ANNUAL RECURRING ITEMS (continued)
Contractual Custodial Care (continued)
It is requested that a new recurring allotment be allowed for
Training increased from $7,000 to $14,000.
In recent years the Architect's Office has responded to recently
The limited funding available for training is directed almost
Because of the unique and high profile environment within which the
Estimate 1995 Botanic Garden
ANNUAL RECURRING ITEMS (continued)
Office is responsible for, and they must have sufficient communications skills to perform their work within the Congressional community in an expedient and appropriate manner.
These funds are requested to enable the Office to continue its
Supplies and Materials increased from $148,150 to $152,000.
allotment provides all supplies and materials for the
ANNUAL RECURRING ITEMS.
In fiscal year 1989 $100,000 was appropriated for an architectural and engineering study of the Botanic Garden Conservatory to determine the functional integrity of the building and its systems. The consulting firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall (DMJM) was engaged to conduct the study. The firm's final report was submitted to the Architect of the Capitol in late 1990.
The results of the testing conducted by DMJM showed extensive deterioration of the aluminum structure in the Palm House. Because of integrity of the Palm House structural the superstructure, the unobligated balance from the $500,000 appropriated in fiscal year 1991 for design was approved to be reprogrammed for dismantling of the Palm House.
Funding in the amount of $2,000,000 for the complete design and construction documentation phases of the Conservatory renovation was appropriated in fiscal year 1993. This effort, to be completed October 1, 1994, will provide the final design and construction phasing plan for the renovation work, based upon the goal of maintaining public access to portions of the Conservatory during renovation, the logic and efficiency of construction, safety and structural factors, and the anticipated availability of partial project funding each year for a period of years as required to complete the work.
The schematic (or "concept") design phase has been completed. Design directions have been determined for all major architectural, mechanical, electrical, structural and other elements of the Conservatory and its plant exhibits. This phase has included the preparation of a detailed cost estimate that is based upon these design directions and a preliminary four-phase construction plan. The purpose of the design development phase, now underway and to be completed at the end of February, 1994, will be to fix and describe the size and character of all elements of the project and to finalize the construction phasing plan. The revised cost estimate to be prepared at the conclusion of this phase of work is expected to reflect the refinements in design and construction phasing considered during the design development phase. The project will then proceed into the preparation of final construction documents based upon the final construction phasing plan.
The original cost estimate for the Conservatory renovation was prepared in 1990 in conjunction with the initial DMJM study and report. The estimate was based on a broad program of requirements determined by the study. It was not based on the in depth analysis and decision processes that are characteristic of the full sequence of design phases presently underway. In that context, the total cost, in fiscal year 1990 dollars, was estimated to be $23,332,000, including the design cost which has been funded, leaving an estimated construction cost of $21,332,000 to be funded. With an escalation of 3% per year to the anticipated mid-point of construction (fiscal year 1998), the construction cost as originally estimated would now be $27,023,000.
Renovation of the Conservatory (continued)
The present detailed cost estimate, including additional escalation at 3% per year throughout the construction phases, totals $28,980,000. This also includes a contingency applied to the design phases of $1.45 million and a contingency applied to the construction phases of $2.37 million. During the design development phase, every effort will be made to reduce project costs, especially through refinements in design and determination of the most efficient construction phasing.
At present, it is requested that the amount requested for fiscal
for phase I provide 1995 funds will The fiscal year construction, including the reconstruction of the Palm House, completion of underground utilities in the Conservatory courtyards that are intended to serve the Palm House and other major spaces on the north side of the Conservatory, and related reconstruction in the two low-houses on the south side of the courtyards. A funding request for this project has been approved by the Joint Committee on the Library.
Total Increase Cyclical Maintenance.