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-vi- Space Administration. By 1990, however, the completion of major contracts will cause projected support to decline somewhat from expected fiscal year 1986 levels. Completion of the Quadrangle is a high priority of the Institution's five-year construction program. Other priorities are the Institution's proposal to acquire and restore the General Post Office Building for public use as a center for the exhibition and study of American art; the pending construction of the Air and Space Museum's and other new restaurant facilities; the Zoological Park's aquatic habitats exhibit and continued development of the Front Royal Conservation Center; the base camp construction at Amado for the Whipple Observatory, a major laboratory building at the Tivoli site and improvements at other Tropical Research Institute facilities in Panama, new research facilities near Edgewater, Maryland for the Environmental Research Center, and storage and exhibition facilities at Dulles Airport for the Air and Space Museum. It will also be necessary to continue to consider Smithsonian-owned facility alternatives to the presently leased L'Enfant Plaza office space and the North Capitol Street Service Center and solutions to consolidating library storage and other requirements. Funding to restoration and renovation projects is planned to increase significantly. Beyond fiscal year 1990, the Prospectus highlights the Institution's multinational character. Longer-range research programs to be enhanced will include archaeometry, anthropological disciplines, and expanded species conservation and propagation programs. Collections managament will be another priority, with special emphasis on continuing improvement to inventory, security, automation and information systems; conservation and preservation activities; loan processing arrangements; and new acquisitions. Other areas of emphasis will be continued growth of endowment reserves and application of trust fund-generated surpluses to approved programs for fellowships, education, and selected research and collection activities. Long-range facilities to be developed will include a new Anacostia Museum at Poplar Point, improved facilities for the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, a Smithsonian-owned building for the Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a second phase of development of the Suitland properties, and continued storage facility development for the Air and Space Museum. Beyond fiscal year 1990, renovation, restoration, and modifications to existing space in Mall and other buildings will remain among the highest priorities of the Institution to enhance exhibitions and research programs, access by the handicapped, safety and health programs, and the general ability to preserve its historic facilities. [[underlined]] Quadrangle [[/underlined]] Excavation and tieback installation are complete, except in the area of the earth truck ramp at the southeast corner. Final grading and placement of the working slab are mostly complete, including application of a pitch and fiberglass cloth waterproofing membrane. On August 11, the first section of the mat slab foundation was completed with the placement of nearly 1,000 cubic yards of concrete in a single day. It is anticipated that an additional section of the mat can be placed each successive week
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