Capitol Visitor Center: Update on Status of Project's Schedule and Cost as of September 21, 2006

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This testimony's aim is to assist the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in monitoring progress on the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) project. Our remarks will focus on (1) the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) progress in achieving selected project milestones and in managing the project's schedule since the Subcommittee's August 2, 2006, hearing on the project; (2) our assessment of the project's currently scheduled completion date; and (3) an update on the project's expected cost at completion and funding situation. As part of this ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. September 21, 2006.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "This testimony's aim is to assist the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in monitoring progress on the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) project. Our remarks will focus on (1) the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) progress in achieving selected project milestones and in managing the project's schedule since the Subcommittee's August 2, 2006, hearing on the project; (2) our assessment of the project's currently scheduled completion date; and (3) an update on the project's expected cost at completion and funding situation. As part of this discussion, we will address a number of key challenges and risks that continue to face the project, as well as actions we believe that AOC will need to take to meet its currently scheduled completion date. This testimony is based on our review of schedules and financial reports for the CVC project and related records maintained by the AOC and its construction management contractor, Gilbane Building Company; our observations on the progress of work at the CVC construction site; and our discussions with the CVC team (AOC and its major CVC contractors), AOC's Chief Fire Marshal, and representatives from the U.S. Capitol Police. We also reviewed AOC's construction management contractor's periodic schedule assessments, potential change order log, and daily reports on the progress of interior wall and floor stonework. We retained a mechanical consulting engineering firm (Kincaid/Bryant) to help us assess the CVC team's progress in completing the project's heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. In addition, we reviewed the contract modifications made to date and the estimates of cost increases provided by AOC and its construction management contractor, including their estimates of the costs related to delays, and their preliminary cost estimates for recent changes to the CVC's fire protection and security systems. Our assessment was somewhat constrained because the CVC team is still analyzing the impact on the project's schedule and cost of the recently identified changes required for certain components of the fire protection and security systems. The team expects to have firmer schedule and cost information around mid-October, at which time we may have to revise our estimates if this later information differs significantly from the current information."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Capitol Visitor Center: Update on Status of Project's Schedule and Cost as of September 21, 2006, text, September 21, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc291256/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.