Wyoming Capitol Nearing Total Completion
Written by jordanmckamey on October 11, 2019
$317 million dollars later–the Wyoming Capitol is finally nearly completion.
A grand opening in July preceded the final construction of an auditorium, student learning center and visitor center in or near the tunnel connecting the Capitol to the Herschler Building.
Just over $2 million of a contingency fund set aside by the Legislature earlier this year to complete the three areas of the project were approved by the committee during its June meeting.
Work on the landscape surrounding the Capitol is expected to be finished by the end of October following delays due to a wet spring season, while audiovisual capabilities within Capitol meeting rooms should also be finished by the start of the 2020 legislative session.
A pair of statues will also need repair–the statues are of Wyoming historical figures Chief Washakie and Esther Hobart Morris. The Morris statue repair cost is between $20,000 and $30,000–while the Chief Washakie Statue will need around $6,000 in repairs.
The Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group approved of the repairs–while a motion to limit any future sculptures on Capitol grounds failed to gain support.