The U.S. government will spend $24 million to renovate the Federal Building here.
Design work begins this spring, and construction is scheduled to start in 1996. The project should be finished in 1998, the General Services Administration said Tuesday.
The seven-story building cost $8.2 million to build in 1965.
The overhaul includes plans to make the building resistant to earthquakes, improve access for the disabled and upgrade heating and air conditioning, said the GSA, which manages the building for the federal government.
“The public needs to bear in mind that we want to provide the best possible work environment for federal agencies and we want to provide the public - our customers - with the best access to those service providers,” said Rick Desimone, a spokesman for the GSA office in Seattle.