May 28, 2001 |
Today, the south wall of the Energy Department's fortress-like Washington headquarters is a fitting symbol for an agency that itself has never quite established an identity: a 32,100-square-foot blank slab of concrete. Shortly before leaving office, however, the Clinton administration awarded a Chicago architectural firm a contract to explore converting the wall into something quite different: a vast solar array that would provide much of the building's heat and power.
May 4, 2001 |
In a visit meant to underscore the Bush administration's heightened concern about the California electricity crisis, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham met Thursday with Gov. Gray Davis in Sacramento to discuss federal energy conservation plans. "I think we have an approach that can result in significant savings," Abraham told Davis. The energy secretary said he was in California "to gauge what we can do to add to what California is already doing."
February 8, 2001 |
Employees at the Treasury Department were evacuated from the historic building next to the White House on Wednesday after workers complained of noxious fumes that were causing watery eyes, breathing difficulties and nausea. The fumes, described as smelling like diesel fuel, came from sewer pipes in a tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue that connects the main Treasury building with an annex, said Alan Etter, a spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire Department.
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May 27, 2000 |
The startling government report caught even the man who runs the place by surprise. Westwood's landmark Federal Building needs $75 million worth of repairs, the U.S. General Accounting Office disclosed in a new survey of government property. That didn't sound right to James D. Wharrie Jr., senior property manager at the well-maintained high-rise at 11000 Wilshire Blvd. True, work is underway on the 17-floor building's air-conditioning chillers.
April 14, 2000 |
Bill Gates' charitable foundation has pledged $10 million for what would be the biggest Capitol Hill construction project since the 19th century, a $265-million underground visitors center. "We think it's an incredibly important project, and we're proud to be a part of it," said Trevor Neilson, public affairs director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation--the Seattle-based charity named after the Microsoft chairman and his wife.
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January 23, 2000 |
People have lined up to get into the place for 111 years--ever since that gray winter day in 1889 when its first residents arrived after marching, military-style, 300 miles to get there. But old soldiers aren't the only ones these days who covet a spot at the 430-acre federal veterans center in West Los Angeles.