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Contractual Custodial Care (continued)

It is requested that a new recurring allotment be allowed for
Contractual Custodial Services at $16,000 per year. This contract
would service the D.C. Village production facility for three days each

Training increased from $7,000 to $14,000.

In recent years the Architect's Office has responded to recently
amended civil rights legislation by sponsoring training such as
prevention of sexual harassment, employee rights and responsibilities,
current and new employees.
substance abuse, and other subjects. This training is required for all
Additionally, the Office requires
training for reading.
supervisory development training and sponsors basic educational skills
Programs to respond to agency training needs
are being prepared.
such as trade apprenticeships and additional supervisory development,

The limited funding available for training is directed almost
entirely toward the required training, leaving few resources available
for other organizational training needs.
reduced training opportunities.
Cost increases have also
As a result, the Office will have to
reduce the availability of basic educational skills training and
eliminate trade apprenticeship training being developed. Without an
increase in this allotment there will be no monies available for work
performance improvement training, technical skills training,. or
training necessary for implementing or maintaining new programs or

Because of the unique and high profile environment within which the
Office operates, employees must possess a combination of technical and
communications skills in order to be effective and productive in
supporting the activities of the Congress. Employees must have
sufficient technical skills to operate and maintain the equipment the

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Training (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
efforts to permit all employees to be trained in their legal rights and
maintain and improve their work
well as to
responsibilities, as
performance efficiency.

Total Increase

Supplies and Materials increased from $148,150 to $152,000.

allotment provides all supplies and materials for the
Conservatory, the Production Facility and the Administrative Office,
including electrical supplies, plumbing supplies, flower pots and tubs,
gas and oil for motor vehicles and equipment, mowers, hardware, tools,
labels and signs, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides,
scalecides, medical and office supplies, paints, brushes, periodicals
and boxes.
Materials needed to support public
and books, and cleaning supplies.
programs offered by the Botanic Garden are also charged against this
This increase will bring the allotment into line with
current and projected price level requirements.


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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.


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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.


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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
1995, $7,000,000, be appropriated on a "No Year" basis, and that the
same amount be left in the budget base for three additional years, also
on a "No Year" basis. Thus, the presently estimated total construction
cost of approximately $28,000,000 would be appropriated over four

of the

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.

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