Campus Notebook: Closing In
The Capitol Visitor Center is ready for staff and furnishings after a Capitol fire marshal issued a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the underground building on Monday.
[IMGCAP(1)]The $611 million center is set to open on Dec. 2, and the certificate marks an important step in the timeline for that opening. It signifies a successful test of the buildings fire- and life-safety systems so far; a permanent certificate will be issued when the everything is complete.
Workers and staff will now begin to install the interior furnishings and equipment for the 580,000-square-foot building, according to a press release from the Architect of the Capitol.
The CVC years overdue and millions of dollars over budget is now just months from being ready. Most of whats left concerns staffing and construction details.
Congressional leaders announced the Dec. 2 opening date earlier this month, citing the dates significance as the 145th anniversary of the Statue of Freedoms ascent to the Capitol Dome. The CVC will feature a plaster model of the statue.
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