Washington — The new Capitol building will have a different feel than the one that housed former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, when it was the site of a sprawling military complex and an iconic statue of a black woman, but the Capitol itself will still be home to the building’s namesake.
The new Capitol will be the third building in Washington D.C. built by a private company, according to the Washington Post.
That’s despite the fact that the building is the tallest in the nation, at 1,344 feet, and the third-tallest in the world at 1.25 million feet.
It will have two wings and will be home, according the newspaper, to more than 60 federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department for Housing and Urban Development and the Department’s Office of Inspector General.
“We’re really excited about what we’re seeing here,” said John H. Dever, a vice president of architecture and design at American International Group, which is the architectural firm designing the building.
“It’s going to be a much bigger space than we’ve seen before.”
The new building will be able to accommodate 1.5 million people, about one-third of the 1.7 million who came to Washington for Trump’s swearing-in on Jan. 20.
The new building also will house the Capitol Police, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Archives and Records Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The building was built by the nonprofit, nonprofit corporation D.R. Horton and will have some of the same exterior design elements as the current Washington Monument.
But the structure will be made with less concrete, which the company says will make it more resistant to earthquake damage and more flexible for repairs, as well as less likely to crumble during major storms.
Construction on the new building began in February, and it will be ready for the swearing-ins of Trump’s Cabinet, Senate and House members on Jan, 27.
The White House has not yet announced when the building will open for public use.