The Architect of the Capitol, which is part of the legislative branch, solicited bids for the job Dec.6, saying it would spend between $250,000 and $500,000 for new cables and hoist ropes and the like, as well as repairs to the operating panels.
Seems a bit steep. Our condo building did something just like this for about $175,000 per elevator. But the court elevator’s specs seem most luxurious.
The Architect’s solicitation for bids says they want to “replace existing plastic laminate wall panels” — Plastic laminate? At the Supreme Court? — with new “solid wood wall panels and trim to match Elevator # 7.” Decorum is important at the court. So is decor.
Bidders must also replace those “plastic laminate door panels with new polished bronze door,” and get rid of those yucky ceiling panels “with a new wood ceiling.” Naturally, we’ll need “new bronze handrails, end caps and brackets ” and such and we’re going to need to replace the “wooden emergency phone door” and install a new” hands free emergency phone” linked to the phone system.
(So no need for The Clapper.)
Meanwhile, the big budget deal announced this week, if approved, could be good news for he High Court. Congressional appropriators might refrain from asking budget deal is approved, it might keep congressional appropriators from asking why it is that each Justice is still allotted four law clerks even though the number of full decisions by the Court has plummeted nearly 60 percent in recent years from 174 in 1983 down to 73 in 2011.