Blog: New Capitol Color Scheme Based on Analysis and Research

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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Capitol Restoration Update

At the conclusion of the legislative session in May, Capitol construction activity significantly accelerated. A quick walk around the building and its corridors reveals a beehive of activity dedicated to restoring the People’s House. Interior Update A couple weeks after the conclusion of session, crews began tearing out the ceilings in several House member offices on the fifth floor. This work allows […]

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VIDEO: Electrical Shutdown Necessitates Capitol Closure in October

The Capitol will be without power and closed for a week in October to replace the antiquated electrical infrastructure. “As in all aspects of the Capitol Restoration project, safety is our No. 1 priority,” Capitol Restoration Project Manager Trait Thompson said. “All electricity in the building will be shut off to ensure the safety of our construction crews. The Capitol will […]

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Video: Project Update

Learn the reasons for the tarp covering the scaffolding on the north side of the Capitol and how the gutters are being repaired. Inside the Capitol, work continues in the basement and elevator shafts. Get the details by watching this video:  […]

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Capitol Restoration Update

Outside After starting scaffolding construction in late July, there are now four elevations of the State Capitol where it is completed. With the season changing from fall to winter, construction crews have begun enclosing the scaffolding in large, white tarps. These tarps allow the interior scaffolding to be temperature controlled. It’s important to maintain a temperature between 50 and 90 degrees for […]

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