Renovation is often more costly for Govt. than new or demolition plus rebuild.
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Submitted by Imprudent Speculator (United States), Apr 18, 2011 13:37
1) Have to work around people in-situ (deciding who has to move, when and to where).
2) Have remediation issues (asbestos, lead paint) that don't occur in new (or complete demolition because hazardous not concentrated in demolition debris).
3) Have crazy conflicts between multiple users, in-progress design changes, and costly delays because of indecision.
4) Trying to dovetail new techmology and security into old building footprint.
Compare the multibillion dollar cost of the decades long Pentagon renovation with a similar new 1 million s.f. fully secure building for both speed to turn-key and cost.
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