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• The State Department spent more than $1.4 million on four separate pieces of art, including a $1 million granite sculpture by the artist Sean Scully. It was installed in the new U.S. Embassy in London, according to media reports. The department also purchased a “mosaic mural” for $150,000 and a sculpture called “The Black Arch” by two Saudi Arabian artists, Shadia and Raja Alem. The large piece, which also cost $150,000, has been featured in galleries in Europe and Asia since 2008.

• The Defense Department is asking outside entities to “develop ground robotic capabilities to execute complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments.” The program has a $34 million budget, and has awarded Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts one of the first contracts, worth $748,000.

• The General Services Administration is remodeling the sixth-floor judges’ chambers in the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit at a cost of about $930,000. A Michigan-based company, the Beresh Group, won the contract. Services will include “demolition, new partitions, ceilings, lighting … throughout,” while also creating custom moldings, doors, frames and flooring. In 2011, the Building Owners and Managers Association named the courthouse one of The Outstanding Building of the Year.

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded an $11.7 million contract to Hamp’s Construction, a small business located in New Orleans, to work on repairing various levees in Louisiana and protecting them against hurricanes. The work is expected to last approximately eight and a half months. 

• The Marine Corps awarded Mammoth Mountain Ski Area an $87,600 contract for a season of lift tickets and about three weeks of hotel lodging for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center’s training exercises. In all, about 255 personnel will attend the trainings, which take place in five four-day stints in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

Contract information compiled from General Services Administration data and government press releases. Send announcements about government contracts to