Renovation of House Office Building Annex No. 2 by the Architect of the Capitol

LCD-79-319: Published: Jul 19, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1982.

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The Architect of the Capitol currently estimates that the cost of renovation of House Office Building Annex No. 2 will be about $26.5 million, which is an increase of about $12 million over the initial estimate that was made in January 1975. Some of this increase is attributable to inflation and the need to perform the work in phases. The Architect has avoided even greater cost increases by reducing the scope of the project. Most of the scope reductions involve remodeling rather than replacing existing equipment or systems; not replacing the roof; refurbishing, rather than replacing, the elevators; and combining the smoke evacuation system with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. The overall effect of these scope reductions on project costs would be substantial, and GAO believes that these scope changes may reduce the quality of the renovation effort and cause higher building operation and maintenance costs. In addition, GAO estimates that $26.5 million will not be enough to finish the project. Finally, it was noted that the project will not be completed on schedule because the occupancy level in the building during renovation has been higher than expected. The Architect believes that a January 1981 completion date will allow sufficient time to compensate for potential problems, but GAO would allow for the probability of additional delays.

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