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Wed Jul 31, 2019, 11:57 AM

2. Obama admin approved the HVAC project, but left realization to Trump



President Trump may be in New Jersey for a 17-day vacation, but the White House has been humming with activity as it undergoes a series of renovations.

Construction started just before Trump and other White House staff left the West Wing last week.

Crews are working to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, a White House official told reporters last week. Because of the frequency of use, the HVAC system's usage age is pegged at around 84 years old.


The West Wingís 27-year-old heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is being re-upped because thanks to constant use, deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said, the system is well past its life cycle.

"The West Wing will be without air conditioning for the next two weeks, which is why the staff and the president are moving out, because I donít think any of you would like to be in the West Wing in an August D.C. summer day when itís over 100 degrees with no air conditioning," Walters said.

The General Service Administration assessed and priced at $1.97 million the installation of a new system in the West Wing in 2014, but only presented a plan to change it in the fall of 2016. The Obama administration approved the project but left its realization to the next president.

The Trump administration will take advantage of the time for the air conditioning repair to also switch out the carpeting and paint the walls. Those cosmetic changes, Perry said, are commonplace for an incoming first family.

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