Campus Notebook: Spring Cleaning

Posted April 2, 2010 at 5:18pm

As lawmakers take a break from months of political wrangling, workers are using the quiet recess to catch up on the maintenance and preservation of the Capitol complex.

[IMGCAP(1)]Eva Malecki, spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, said employees are conducting maintenance work on the escalators and subways, as well as cleaning the murals throughout the Capitol. Workers are also replacing the sidewalk in front of the Russell Senate Office Building along First Street Northeast.

“Our focus as always is on maintenance and preservation of the facilities,” she said in an e-mail. “We’ve also been doing some work on the Grounds now that the weather is warmer.”

Though the AOC moved 11,000 tons of snow during the blizzards in December and February, Malecki said the AOC did not have to delay any projects. But the agency will be resodding some areas and completing “minor stone and concrete work” on the fountain in Lower Senate Park. In February, workers dumped piles of snow in the fountain to clear the pathways to the Capitol.

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