Pentagon Renovation Complete After 17 Years

Massive project considered a design coup
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2011 2:08 PM CDT
In this 2009 file photo, the Pentagon is seen from Air Force One.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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(Newser) – Renovation of the Pentagon has been completed, and it took only 17 years. That may sound like forever, but rebuilding the 29-acre site while it was operational is considered a major success, even an inspiration for other federal projects, the Washington Post reports. When renovations began—under the Clinton administration—the defense headquarters had typewriter-level technology and inferior safety precautions, two flaws made even more glaring during the Sept. 11 attacks.

“We took the building apart and put it together again, with 20,000 people sitting in it,” said Lee Evey, project manager. He compared the redesign to talking apart a black-and-white TV, making it color, while still watching shows the whole time. An official ribbon-cutting takes place later this summer. One unfortunate side-effect of such a long-term project? Section that were constructed first require upgrades of fire alarm and electrical systems.

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