Decade-long renovation of Kansas Capitol Building expected to be complete by year end
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A $300 million-plus, decade-long renovation of the Kansas Capitol Building in Topeka is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Interior marble, wood and plaster touches are being matched by tradesmen. The exterior refurbishing of copper over the four imposing wings and around the dome should be complete by late November.
The project is intended to rehabilitate the historic flavor of the Capitol while integrating advances in technology, public safety, and comfort. Nearly all of the expanded space—offices, maintenance, parking—were placed underground. “It's almost an exact replica of the original Kansas Statehouse as it appeared in early 1900s,” said Jim Rinner, vice president of contractor J.E. Dunn Construction.