WASHINGTON -- Over the course of the past two months, people who work or frequent downtown have witnessed the slow and steady construction of bleachers, reviewing stands and other temporary infrastructure for the Inauguration swearing-in ceremony and along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route.
In addition to the stands built by the Architect of the Capitol on the West Front of the Capitol, Hyattsville, Md.-based Associated Builders Inc. has been handling the construction of the stands on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House and the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District of Columbia government.As the Washington Business Journal reported in late December:
The District has spent, or ordered, $6.5 million worth of services so far for inaugural-related activities, from as little as $3,745 for bottled water (Nestle Waters) to $2.84 million for grandstand construction (Hyattsville’s Associated Builders Inc.).
It’s standard operating procedure for D.C., which is reimbursed by the federal government for the expenses tied to the inaugural festivities. While Congress has not yet approved a budget for fiscal 2013, its continuing appropriations bill does provide D.C. with $24.7 million for emergency planning and security costs, of which no less than $9.8 million must be used for the presidential inauguration.
Click through the slideshow to see the rise of the stands in front of and near the White House.