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The White House West Wing renovation, revealed in six photos

The two-week renovation will cost $3.4 million with structural repairs, cosmetic changes, and upgrades to the IT system

Photo via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

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.

Construction cranes work to repair the South Portico steps.
Photo via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla
The Roosevelt Room acts as a temporary tool, supply and materials storage space during renovation work.
Photo via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla
Workers cut new carpeting in the driveway outside the West Wing during renovation work.
Photo via Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla
Workers continue renovations on the West Wing of the White House.
Photo via Getty Images/Nicholas Kamm
Construction workers dig up the ground outside the West Wing.
Photo via Getty Images/Alex Wong

With Trump on Vacation, a Sprucing Up for the West Wing [New York Times]

Photos: Inside The Renovation Of The White House [DCist]

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