Capitol Preservation Commission
In restoring Minnesota’s Capitol to its old glory, renovators planned to spend $4.5 million on furniture and decorative finishing touches on the inside. That was until House Republicans quietly pushed to bump up the furnishings allocation by $2 million, or 45 percent.
Landscaping, perimeter security needs and other late additions to Minnesota’s major remodel of the Capitol will push the overall cost to $307 million, project planners said Wednesday.
A newly remodeled Minnesota Capitol will give the public more access to dining rooms, bathrooms, meeting space and even a classroom as they start tours.
Minnesota lawmakers are caught in a dust-up over office space at the State Capitol, and it’s threatening to delay the massive Capitol restoration now underway. The three-year, $272 million project is on time and on budget. But the tenants in the new building — including the governor, the Senate, the House and the attorney general — cannot come to agreement over how much space they will control.
A panel of top Minnesota officials is getting the latest details on the state Capitol’s grand makeover, including whether it’s on schedule and on budget. The Capitol Preservation Commission was meeting Wednesday to approve the final phase of construction. It’s still at least two years before the $273 million remodeling is complete.
The next serious phase of Minnesota’s state Capitol renovation got the go-ahead Monday, and more state leaders began to vacate their offices for temporary quarters as the massive spruce-up drives forward. The Capitol Preservation Commission, led by Gov. Mark Dayton, approved the latest work package in the multi-year renovation project. When that part is complete, about 60 percent of the project will be done.
Minnesota lawmakers have been told that a final decision on a new Senate Office Building must be made within weeks or a related renovation of the state Capitol will cost more and take longer.
Drawn from a quarry in north Georgia and then meticulously carved in Toronto, the gleaming white marble for the Minnesota Capitol exterior travels quite the path before crews restoring the building put the stone into place.
Top Minnesota officials on Monday approved the design and work plan for a state Capitol restoration that will touch every corner of the historic building and cause construction headaches along the way.
The long process of repairing the exterior stone on the Minnesota State Capitol is getting underway.