Home Improvement at the White House: $376 Milion
Updated: Saturday, 22 May 2010, 12:34 PM PDT
Published : Saturday, 22 May 2010, 12:34 PM PDT
NEWSCORE - The White House welcomed construction crews early Saturday morning local time to launch a $376 million, four-year renovation project, the largest improvement plans on the executive mansion in more than 50 years, Bloomberg News reported.
"This is the biggest upgrade since the complete renovation of the executive mansion in the Truman era," Bob Peck of the General Services Administration told Bloomberg News Friday.
Upgrades will include a new heating, cooling, electrical and fire-alarm systems for the East and West Wings.
The price tag is more than 100 times the total cost of building the White House in the 1790s, Bloomberg reported. Congress approved funding for the project in 2008.