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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION 1542 REPORT ON THE NEW MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING Mr. L. L. Hunter, Assistant Commissioner for Design and Construction, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration, and Mr. Alan B. Mills, Jr., Supervising Contract Architect Engineer representing Public Buildings Service for supervision of construction, appeared before the Board of Regents and presented information on the status of the construction of the building for the Museum of History and Technology. They also answered questioned raised by members of the Board. Special consideration was given to the delay in construction that has already occurred and to steps that can be taken to avoid further delays that might postpone the completion date of the building. It was asserted that the building is being built with precise attention to specifications, and that it is being well constructed. A number of questions were raised particularly concerning the penalty clause for delays. Members of the Board questioned the validity of some of the alleged reasons cited as a basis for the delay that has so far taken place in the scheduled progress of the building. Dr. Fleming made the point that the Norair Engineering Company is financially sound. Mr. Hunter stated that the question of penalties is not resolved until the end of the contract. After the representatives from the General Services Administration withdrew from the meeting there was further discussion. On motion by Senator Saltonstall, seconded by Dr. Fleming, and carried it was VOTED that the Board of Regents, being disturbed by the rate of progress on the construction of the Museum of History and Technology Building, urges the Administrator of General Services Administration to expedite construction. The Administrator is requested to enter into a legal agreement with the Contractor to allow the installation of some exhibition facilities before the building is formally turned over to the Smithsonian Institution as completed, without relieving the Contractor of the contractual requirement for this completion, and without impairing the penalty clause for delay in completion.
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