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Social Security Administration headquarters to get $150 million overhaul

Social Security Administration headquarters to get $150 million overhaul

The Woodlawn headquarters of the Social Security Administration is set to receive a $150 million overhaul to remove dangerous lead paint and asbestos, rip out corroded plumbing and modernize the 10-story building for 21st-century technology.

Extensive interior and external improvements are planned in coming years for the 56-year-old Arthur J. Altmeyer Building, named for the agency's first commissioner. Nearly 500 employees work there.

"You and I know that the Altmeyer Building right this minute is a dump and it borders in certain places on a Superfund site," Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland told an auditorium filled with about 250 workers recently. "This...

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