(KMOV) -- Federal Stimulus funds intended to create jobs are paying for new windows at Scott Air Force Base.
The windows will be installed on what's known as the P-40 building, it's one of the oldest buildings on base.
Congress has approved more than $1.6 million to replace 400 windows and 15 doors. That breaks down to more than $3,500 a piece. According to Lt. Col. Craig Johnson, " This is a great opportunity to take that American recovery reinvestment act funds and invest into a facility and preserve the history of this facility."
When asked why the government can't get the windows from a home improvement store like Lowe's or Home Depot at a much cheaper price, Johnson says there are several factors that contribute to the higher cost. These include the buildings historic and anti-terrorism protection requirements.
Johnson says, "Lowe's windows won't do that for us." The new windows will also be energy efficient.
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