COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A foyer leading to a three-star general’s office has been renovated at a cost to taxpayers of $387,000.
The Gazette reports the renovation bill was about $130,000 more than the average price of a home in the Pikes Peak region.
Air Force Academy officials declined to give out a detailed list of how the money was spent.
But the role of the room as the gateway to Johnson probably has a lot to do with the cost.
Costs of $250 per square foot for renovations aren’t unheard of, especially in the realm of high-end medical offices.
But it’s still a big bite of taxpayer cash.
“All things being equal, it’s probably a little excessive,” he said.
Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Heritage said the total cost was approved by a committee as well as the Pentagon.
About $16,000 went toward resolving concerns over fire codes.
Other changes include new carpet and lighting.
Heritage said Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson attracts many guests.
He said about 800 visitors see the foyer annually.