Blog: Upcoming Interim Study: Best Practices of Capitol Management

Upcoming Interim Study: Best Practices of Capitol Management

This Thursday, November 5th, the House and Senate are co-sponsoring an interim study on Best Practices of Capitol Management.  With the current investment of taxpayer resources into the restoration of the state capitol, it’s important to understand how the building may be managed more efficiently and effectively in the future.  The capitol is one of the state’s most valuable assets […]

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Video: U.S. Rep. Tom Cole Tours Capitol Restoration

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole recently toured the Capitol restoration project and offered his opinion on the project and importance of restoring the people’s building.  […]

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Capitol Restoration Project Update

The State Capitol Restoration Project has proceeded at a furious pace throughout the summer and into the fall.  Both our interior and exterior construction teams have compressed an incredible amount of work into a very short time frame.  I’m continually amazed at the caliber of individuals working on this historic project, both from the vendor and state perspectives.  Everyone realizes […]

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Video: Historic Fabric

Marble floors covered with tile and carpet. Wide corridors cut in half with make-shift walls. Original plaster walls hidden behind wood paneling. And grand hallways trimmed by the need for new offices. Take a tour with historic preservation specialist Stephen Kelley as he walks through areas inside the State Capitol where restoration work has already started. See what is discovered when […]

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Oklahoman Editorial: There’s No Going Back on Oklahoma Capitol Repair Work

Today, the Oklahoman newspaper published an editorial encouraging elected officials to stay the course in finishing the repair and restoration of the State Capitol. From the column: Project manager Trait Thompson called the third-floor work a microcosm of what’s in store: “Historic spaces pretty much destroyed over time, spaghetti wires over the ceiling, HVAC out of date, marble that has been carpeted […]

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Video: Interior Restoration Begins

This first phase of the Capitol’s interior restoration has begun, with work on House office space on the first floor and Senate space on the third floor. This prerequisite phase is estimated to $7.2 million. It’s scheduled to be finished by the time lawmakers return in February. The work on the offices is being done now so that staff located in the […]

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Video: Laser Cleaning

In this video, Bartosz Dajnowski, vice director of Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio, demonstrates and explains how a laser can be used to clean the century old limestone facade of the Capitol. Without damaging the surface, the laser can lift dirt and other elements that discolor the limestone.  […]

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East Entrance Temporary Closure

The east entrance of the state capitol will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, August 5th, from 12:30pm to 5:00pm.  The exterior restoration team will be performing cleaning trials in that area. The southeast entrance and the west entrance will remain open during that time.  Should an emergency occur, the east entrance will be available for egress from the building. We appreciate your […]

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Visit to the Architect of the U.S. Capitol

Last Thursday, members of the project team and legislators had the honor of visiting with the Architect of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.  The purpose of the trip was to learn how we might be better stewards of the Oklahoma Capitol after the restoration project is complete.  The team also sought to understand how they tackle complex projects such […]

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Video: Trial Repairs Have Started

Restoration workers have begun trial repairs to determine what will work best and last longest with the different materials on the exterior of Oklahoma’s Capitol. This video shows several different aspects of the job facing architects, preservationists and other restoration workers. Among many other things, restoration workers are exploring cleaning methods and products to determine the best solution for removing stains and […]

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