ZEAKA, Japan — As we head into our final week of the week, the U.S. Capitol building and its surrounding landmarks is getting a facelift with the addition of a high-tech elevator.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Capitol building has received a 2.7% improvement rating for 2016.
The improvements were based on data from the National Fire Protection Association and the Building Research Center.
“The design of the building is an improvement over previous years,” said David R. Loomis, chief mechanical engineer and chief mechanical officer for the Capitol.
“Our engineers have been working on it for several years and they’ve put a lot of effort into it.”
The project will be funded by a $500 million federal grant.
A state-of-the-art elevator is expected to be installed in 2020.
The Capitol building received an average of 14,827 fires per year between 2010 and 2016.
There were 3,834 in 2017, with an average daily fire rate of 15,844, according to the Fire Protection Agency.
The building’s fire department responded to 817 calls for service and made 919.
The upgrades include installing a new steel grating to improve structural integrity and add a “Zakaya” design, a style of building design where large decorative elements are placed in the middle of the structure, allowing a small area to be designed to reflect the size of the complex, according the U of S. National Fire Data Center.
The new grating, which has been designed by a Japanese architect, will allow more light to flow into the structure and will make the building look more like a glass structure.
“It is important to us that the building and the entire Capitol is protected from fires,” Loomas said.
“This elevator will allow us to do just that.”
The Capitol Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the nation, and is home to the U, the nation’s capital.
In 2016, more than 9.4 million people visited the U Capitol building to see the speeches of U., President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.