"The Capitol has continually evolved for more than 200 years tomeet the needs of Congress as the nation has grown," AOC's Alan M.Hantman, says of the project. "This next increment of growth willmeet the needs of the millions of visitors who come to the Capitoleach year and have not been properly accommodated in the past."Centex won the contract via a competitive selection process,beating out three other final bids.

The AOC first issued its request for proposals for thisconstruction phase in December 2001 at which point it estimatedthis portion of the construction would cost $40 to $55 million. "Itwas advertised as a best value procurement project and that is thetype of project we're interested in pursuing," Centex projectexecutive Bob Frew tells GlobeSt.com. "Our company also likes thistype of project in that it's large and it's challenging." Centex isno stranger to large-scale government construction endeavors. Thecompany is currently working on the $100 million E. BarrettPrettyman Courthouse Annex and Renovation project, and it has alsobeen awarded the $32 million F-22 Facilities project at Hampton,VA's Langley Air Force Base.

Centex is scheduled to complete Sequence No. 1 in early 2004,and will bring in a series of subcontractors to help complete theproject. "We've awarded about 90% of the subcontracts at thispoint," Frew notes. The construction contract for Sequence No.2--interior build-out, electrical, mechanical and plumbing systeminstallation, and completion of the aboveground plaza--has yet tobe awarded. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2005and will cost an estimated $350 million.

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