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Oklahoma News
4:03 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Capitol Dome's Stone Panels Showing Signs Of Cracking

A 5 million-pound dome placed atop the Oklahoma Capitol 12 years ago already is exhibiting cracking in its exterior cast stone panels, but building officials say there are no structural problems or evidence of weakness in the dome's supports.

According to an engineering report on the building's exterior, about 10 percent of the cast stone units on the dome's exterior show signs of cracking. Most of the cracks occur at the base of the dome.

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Politics and Government
1:15 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Firm To Repair Oklahoma Capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol
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Oklahoma officials have selected a Kansas-based construction company with experience renovating historic structures to repair the exterior of the state Capitol.

Officials with the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Monday the selection of JE Dunn Construction to begin the first phase of a planned $120 million renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The maximum value of the contract to repair the building's exterior is $25 million.

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Politics and Government
7:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Arguments On Capitol Improvement Authority Issuance Of Bonds For Repairs

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee heard arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority’s application to validate a $120 million in bonds to fund State Capitol repairs.

Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent challenged the authority’s application for the court’s validation. He argued Tuesday that House Joint Resolution 1033, which authorized the $120 million bond issue, was a special law.

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Politics and Government
4:48 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

State's High Court To Review Capitol Repair Decision

A decision to repair the state capitol building faces judicial review.

Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority members voted unanimously Monday to seek the Oklahoma State Supreme Court’s validation of the legislation authorizing a bond issue to fund improvements to the State Capitol.

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State Capitol
9:15 am
Tue August 26, 2014

OCIA Begins Capitol Bond Process Monday

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol to keep pedestrians safe from the possibility of falling limestone from the building's facade.
Meghan Blessing KGOU

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority took the first steps Monday toward the issuance of the $120 million in bonds that will be used to fund State Capitol repairs and renovations.

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb made the motion to allow OCIA staff to prepare and distribute requests for proposals for underwriters, bond counsel, printer and other necessary service providers for the $120 million that was authorized by HJR1033.

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State Capitol
8:46 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Oklahoma Capitol Repair Bonds Authorization Begins

Meghan Blessing KGOU

Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state's nearly century-old Capitol.

Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol.

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State Capitol
8:49 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Leader Appoints Final Three To Repair Panel

Barricades surround the south steps of the Oklahoma Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

The leader of the Oklahoma Senate has approved three members to a committee that will oversee a $120 million renovation of the state Capitol.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman announced the appointment of Republican Sens. Dan Newberry of Tulsa and Corey Brooks of Washington, along with Democrat Susan Paddack of Ada.

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Politics and Government
9:17 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Century-Old Oklahoma Capitol Artifacts On Display

Barricades surround the south steps of the State Capitol.
Credit Meghan Blessing / KGOU

Century-old artifacts from the groundbreaking of the Oklahoma State Capitol will be on display as state officials outline their plans for renovating the structure.

The 100th anniversary of the Capitol's July 20, 1914, groundbreaking falls on Sunday. The Oklahoma Historical Society will display artifacts from the event Thursday at the Capitol.

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Politics and Government
4:21 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Crumbling Capitol Needs Repairs To Start

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State officials say they will authorize preliminary design work for repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol before millions of dollars in bond money authorized by the Legislature becomes available.

John Estus, spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said Monday that authorities are discussing using a few hundred thousand dollars in available construction funds to pay for an investigation of the building's exterior to determine what repairs are needed. The information would be required before the state requested bids on the project.

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Governor expected to sign bill
6:19 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

House And Senate OK Capitol Repairs

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The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a 10-year, $120 million bond issue to overhaul the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol.

The bill already passed the House and was approved Friday in the Senate on a 34-8 vote. It now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it.

The House has been reluctant to issue bonds to pay for state projects, but members were placated by the creation of a bipartisan committee of lawmakers to oversee the project.

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