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Recovery Act 2009


Arts and Industries Building – Washington, D.C. ($5.2 million)

  • masonry repointing of failed joints to stop the ingress of water
  • hazardous material removal and selective demolition


National Zoological Park ($10.1 million)

  • fire protection projects at Rock Creek campus (Washington, D.C.) and Conservation Research Center (Front Royal, Virginia)
  • replace roofs at Rock Creek campus and Conservation Research Center
  • replace deteriorated animal-holding facilities at Conservation Research Center
  • repair bridges at Rock Creek campus


Other Smithsonian Projects ($9.7 million)

  • install high-voltage electrical safety improvements at multiple locations on the National Mall (Washington, D.C.)
  • install sewage backflow preventers on potable water lines at multiple locations off the National Mall; biggest project is at Museum Support Center (Suitland, Maryland)
  • install emergency generators at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, Maryland)
  • refurbish or replace elevators and escalators at the National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.)
  • temporary/contract support – approximately 4 personnel

For more information about the Recovery Act: Recovery.gov