RELEASE: Committee approves preliminary plan for interior restoration of Capitol


For Immediate Release

Director and Secretary
of Finance, Administration and Information Technology


State of Oklahoma
Office of Management and Enterprise Services

Dec. 11, 2014

Committee approves preliminary plan for interior restoration of Capitol

Next step is working with contractor on detailed scope of work

OKLAHOMA CITY — The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee on Thursday approved a preliminary plan for restoration of the interior of the 97-year-old State Capitol building.

The preliminary plan includes goals for the project and criteria that will be used to select a contractor to complete the work.

Approval of the preliminary plan was the committee’s first responsibility under House Joint Resolution 1033, which was approved by the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year. The measure provides $120 million to begin restoring the Capitol and charges the nine-member, bipartisan committee with overseeing the planning process for restoration of the Capitol interior.

“A project of this magnitude will require dedication, ingenuity and long-term commitment from all the stakeholders at the Capitol and beyond,” said Stephen Mason, an Oklahoma City engineer who is chairman of the commission. “Projects of this nature are rarely easy or without inconvenience. Nevertheless, we are certain that the end result is worth all that must be endured to get there. A fully restored Capitol will be a better, more efficient building to conduct the affairs of the state and a source of pride for all Oklahomans.”

A contract for the interior restoration will be awarded in February through the state’s competitive bidding process. Once selected, the contractor will begin working with the committee to develop a scope of work for the project based on the goals contained in the report the committee approved Thursday. The scope of work will include specific plans such as future space usage, project phasing and cost estimates for the various components of the project.

Exterior restoration should begin in spring of 2015, while interior restoration should begin in 2016. A competitively bid contract for the exterior restoration will be awarded Dec. 22. 

The preliminary plan is available by clicking here

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