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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.