White House Is Getting a Big Upgrade
Workers are busy while president is away
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2017 8:11 AM CDT
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Construction machinery are seen on the ground White House grounds in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – While the president is away, the West Wing isn't exactly playing: It's undergoing a renovation so massive that all staffers not currently with President Trump in New Jersey have been evacuated to an adjacent office building, reports ABC News. Among items on the lengthy punchlist: Replacing the 27-year-old HVAC system, repairing the South Portico steps, renovating the West Wing lower lobby and Navy mess kitchen, resurfacing the Oval Office's hardwood floors, new carpet, and upgrading the IT system. Click through the gallery for a look at the work.

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