Blog: Exterior Restoration of the State Capitol Completed

Exterior Restoration of the State Capitol Completed

After five years of investigation, trial repairs, and construction activity, the $60 million exterior restoration of the state capitol is complete. On March 25, 2020, JE Dunn Construction and their trade partners completed the installation of the copper roof on the capitol and the interior finishes in the tunnel. These activities represented the last of the remaining work items on […]

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Capitol Construction During 2020 Legislative Session

Our interior and exterior construction teams have had a productive legislative interim and we are currently making preparations for the 2020 legislative session. Since the end of the last legislative session in May 2019, we have completed work in the following areas: House of Representatives 2nd-5th floor offices in the west wing Supreme Court Senate 2nd and 3rd floor north […]

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Upcoming Changes at the Capitol

With the legislature adjourned for 2019, the Capitol Restoration Project will once again accelerate the pace of work in order to accomplish as much as possible prior to the start of the 2020 legislative session. During this interim, work will occur in the following areas: House east wing offices (floors 2-6) 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor north wing Senate offices  […]

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Capitol Restoration Update

Our crews have been busy throughout the Fall and into the new year wrapping up critical tasks. Here’s the latest progress update on the Capitol Restoration Project: Exterior Update Our stone and restoration crews are currently working on the twelfth and final exterior elevation of the building. They are making the last of the stone repairs, finishing up the stone cleaning, and […]

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New Capitol Color Scheme Based on Analysis and Research

This post is adapted from a presentation made by Stephen Kelley, historic preservation specialist for the interior restoration team at the State Capitol, to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee on August 9, 2018. In the fall, painters will begin applying the new color scheme to selected areas inside the Capitol for the purposes of a mockup. Mockups are […]

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Project Accomplishments After Three Years of Construction

This summer marks three years of construction on the Capitol Restoration Project. Project funding was first authorized by a $120 million bond issue passed by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2014. A subsequent bond issue was passed in 2016 for $125 million. Prior to the start of restoration activities, the State Capitol had appeared on Preservation Oklahoma’s […]

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Capitol East Entrance and East Parking Lot to Close

On May 21st, the parking lot directly east of the State Capitol and the east entrance to the building will be closed to facilitate restoration work on the underground tunnel. During this time, crews will dig up the area around the tunnel to install new waterproofing as well as a leak detection system. In early October, the east entrance to the […]

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Capitol Restoration Update

Over the past few months, we have observed a few significant milestones on the Capitol Restoration Project. Here’s a look at what’s happening now. Exterior Update To date, five exterior elevations of the Capitol have been completely restored. Within the next few days, scaffolding will start coming down on the east façade of the south wing, marking completion of the sixth elevation. […]

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State Capitol to Reopen on Schedule

The State Capitol Building will open on schedule after being closed since 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, for an electrical upgrade. The building was closed to remove existing electrical equipment and make the transfer to a new system. The first 72 hours were the most crucial to the outage success, as demolition crews worked around the clock to remove existing switchgear […]

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Capitol Closure Oct. 14-22

Capitol will be CLOSED Oct. 14-22 for a scheduled eletrical outage  […]

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