Blog: Video: Historic Fabric

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microcosm of what’s in store: “Historic spaces pretty much destroyed over time, spaghetti wires over the ceiling, HVAC out of date, marble that has been carpeted […]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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Oklahoma Press Tour Restoration Site

About a dozen media members were shown an close-up and high-up view today of the work being done on the exterior of Oklahoma’s Capitol. Capitol Restoration Project Manager Trait Thompson and Vance Kelley, with Treanor Architects, led the tour that showed the testing of different methods for cleaning and restoring the Capitol’s exterior. The testing is to find “what repairs work best with […]

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Advisory: Capitol East Entrance Closed Thursday & Friday

The east entrance of the State Capitol will be closed on Thursday, June 25th and Friday, June 26th for trial repairs on the exterior of the building. This work is being done to explore cleaning methods and products to determine the best solution for removing stains and soiling on the building in the gentlest and most effective manner.   We appreciate your […]

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Oversight Committee Approves Scope and Schedule

The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee on Thursday received a proposed interior construction schedule that could cause work to begin sooner than expected while reducing tenant relocation expenses by millions of dollars.   Manhattan Construction and Frankfurt Short Bruza Architects & Engineers, the construction and design firms working with the state to restore the interior of the Capitol, delivered a report […]

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