The West Wing of the White House is currently a construction zone, and the $3.4 million repairs being done have been needed for a while now.
When Barack Obama was in office, he described the WiFi as “sketchy” in certain areas of the building. Furthermore, the last time the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems were replaced was 27 years ago.
According to the General Services Administration (GSA), which helps federal agencies build, acquire, and renovate office space, the HVAC is “well past its life cycle and will fail in the near future without intervention.”
Along with fresh paint and new carpeting, the renovation also calls for updating the IT system, addressing a common house fly problem, and repairing the South Portico steps on the South lawn. This will be the first time in 64 years that the steps have been upgraded.
Along with these renovations, there will also be cosmetic changes done to the West Wing that “retains the aesthetic and palette of his predecessor,” according to the New York Times. Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary further told the New York Times that “there will be no more yellow.”
As the two-week renovation continues, senior White House officials will be located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door.
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