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UN complex in New York gets $2 billion facelift

  In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, the copper dome above the General Assembly hall is covered in a plastic wrap during the renovation of the Unit...
  In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, renovations continue at the Security Council chambers at United Nations headquarters. The first major renovati...
  In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, the Secretariat building rises above the under-renovation delegates dining room terrace at United Nations head...
  In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, new pipes lie on the floor in front of the old cooling system in the basement as renovations continue at Unite...
 In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, renovations continue on a portion of the 26th floor of the Secretariat building at United Nations headquarters....
 In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, renovations continue at Conference Room 3 at United Nations headquarters. The steel structure shown is designed...

UN 2 Billion Dollar Facelift

In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, the copper dome above the General Assembly hall is covered in a plastic wrap during the renovation of the Unit...

UN 2 Billion Dollar Facelift

In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, renovations continue at the Security Council chambers at United Nations headquarters. The first major renovati...

UN 2 Billion Dollar Facelift

In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, the Secretariat building rises above the under-renovation delegates dining room terrace at United Nations head...

UN 2 Billion Dollar Facelift

In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, new pipes lie on the floor in front of the old cooling system in the basement as renovations continue at Unite...

UN 2 Billion Dollar Facelift

In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, renovations continue on a portion of the 26th floor of the Secretariat building at United Nations headquarters....

UN 2 Billion Dollar Facelift

In this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo, renovations continue at Conference Room 3 at United Nations headquarters. The steel structure shown is designed...

The man in charge of massive renovations at the United Nations' headquarters in New York says the final cost will be nearly $2 billion _ about 4 percent over the original budget.
New York architect Michael Adlerstein tells the AP that the major makeover of the 60-year-old complex is well on its way, despite having been slowed by extra security measures.
The pneumatic tubes and toxic asbestos are gone. Blast-proof panes are replacing the original windows to address terrorism concerns.
The work has required more than a little diplomacy. Several times, members of the powerful Security Council sought to halt the demolition because it was interrupting their meetings.
Adlerstein said all work should be completed before the U.N. General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting in September 2014.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:09 GMT+08:00