The cost of Solera apron, black awneys and black-and-white curtains for the U.S. Capitol, as well as the installation of an electric lighting system, could top $10 million.
The $9 million awnellings, which are made of a high-quality, high-tech material called polycarbonate, are part of the $3.9 billion renovation that includes a new dome, lighting, seating and a new entrance to the Capitol.
They were built by a subcontractor of Solara and are among the first awners installed at the new building.
The work was funded by the U-S.
Treasury Department, the Department of Transportation, the National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a statement from Solera.
The company is one of two major contractors involved in the project, which began in May.
The other is Kiewit, which is also a subcontractee.
The installation of a large-scale system of awnels and lighting was first planned for the Capitol in 2021 but has not yet been completed.
The work includes an electrical system to control and monitor the lighting, a security system, and a network of monitors and sensors to keep the building safe.
It will also include installing a new glass floor and ceiling and installing a water barrier for the roof.
The U.N. has expressed concerns about the impact the awner installation could have on wildlife and human habitats, but officials said in January they would consider using a water-based paint.