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Cannon Renewal Project FAQs

Cannon Renewal Project FAQs

Cannon Renewal Project Frequently Asked Questions

The Cannon House Office Building is the oldest office building on the Capitol campus, dating back to 1908. Due to its advanced age, the House of Representatives is planning a top-to-bottom renewal of the Cannon House Office Building. Below are frequently asked questions about the Cannon Renewal Project.

What is the purpose of the project?
A critical stage has been reached in the life of the Cannon Building. The century-old building is plagued with serious safety, health, environmental and operational issues that are rapidly worsening. Without action, the essential systems housed behind the walls and in mechanical rooms will continue to crumble and fail, impacting Members, staff and constituents. To address these urgent problems and to ensure the Cannon Building provides an effective congressional workplace into the next century, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has begun planning for the complete renewal of the building.

What is the status of the project?
The Architect of the Capitol assembled a team of in-house experts and consultants who are working with House leaders to define key aspects of the project. This effort better defined the estimated costs, scope of work, and potential timeline for the work. The AOC is currently working with its Construction Manager as Agent (CMa), Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) and Architect/Engineer consultants on the design process and construction logistics planning.

How can we ensure the project delivers good value to the taxpayer?
The AOC is committed to maximizing taxpayer value, reducing the risk of cost overruns and delays, and minimizing disruption to the work of Congress. During the initial steps of the project, AOC is working closely with the House to clearly define requirements now to avoid future changes that may cause cost increases and delays. Additionally, AOC is partnering with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Government Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate lessons learned from other similar, complex projects and to implement risk mitigation strategies.

What are the benefits of the project?
Fundamentally, the project will improve the quality and ensure the reliability of key building systems such as heating, cooling, lighting, plumbing, fire and life safety, accessibility and structural integrity. Equally important, the project will improve the functionality of the building for both Members and staff, making it far more efficient, comfortable and safer, while retaining the historic grandeur of building. Similar projects have been conducted throughout the executive branch including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the headquarters of the Departments of Interior, Justice, Treasury and Commerce.

When will this impact Members of Congress?
During the planning and design stages, there will be little impact to Members or congressional operations. Members and other building occupants will be informed well in advance of any actions that will impact office assignments.

Construction for the Cannon Renewal Project is scheduled to start in 2015. The initial phase of the project will focus on upgrades to the building-wide utilities and infrastructure, primarily on the basement level. The first Member Office lottery to be impacted will be November 2016. Beginning in 2017, the project will then renew one entire wing of the Cannon building every two years. The west wing (New Jersey Avenue) is scheduled to be renewed first, followed by the north wing, east wing and concluding with the south wing.

Additional member suites will be built out in Rayburn and Longworth and included in the existing election cycle lottery process. Offices in a section of Cannon closed for renovation will be excluded from the lottery process during each construction phase. Temporary member suites will be created by relocating certain House support offices and committee staff to the Ford Building and/or leased space in the newly renovated Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building, located next to the Ford Building. Final space use decisions will be made by House leadership.

Final work on the renewal is currently anticipated to complete in 2025.