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West Wing exposed: Renovations allow unprecedented look at part of the White House

WASHINGTON — The White House is undergoing a major face-lift while President Donald Trump is out of town.

The Oval Office and other working quarters of the West Wing have been cleared of furniture while crews work on upgrades, including to the heating and air conditioning system. Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the system is 27 years old.

Workers also are fixing leaks, repairing the South Portico steps, renovating the Navy mess kitchen and West Wing lower lobby, and updating the IT system.

West Wing staffers who aren't with Trump at his New Jersey golf course have been temporarily relocated to an office building next to the White House.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

A Secret Service agent checks on the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as the West Wing is undergoing renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

Workmen prepare new carpeting for the West Wing on Friday.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

Storage containers line the driveway as the West Wing of the White House on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

Cranes are positioned in front of the South Portico of the White House on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

The Oval Office sits empty and the walls are covered with plastic sheeting during renovation work at the White House on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. The Government Services Administration is overseeing the renovation work during the two week project to update and repair the working area of the White House, including a replacement of the 27-year-old White House heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

The Roosevelt Room in the the West Wing of the White House is undergoing renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Washington.

Tom Brenner | New York Times

Workers replace carpet at the White House, where renovations were underway for a second week, Friday Aug. 11, 2017. President Donald Trump is in the middle of a two-week working vacation at his golf club in central New Jersey.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

Workmen prepare new carpeting for the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, as it undergoes renovations.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

A piece of furniture with an attached 'PANIC' button sits in the Roosevelt Room during renovation work at the White House Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images

A worker carries scaffolding outside the West Wing on Friday.

J. Scott Applewhite | Associated Press

The Roosevelt Room in the the West Wing of the White House is undergoing renovations while President Donald Trump is spending time at his golf resort in New Jersey, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Washington.

West Wing exposed: Renovations allow unprecedented look at part of the White House 08/11/17 [Last modified: Friday, August 11, 2017 4:24pm]
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