Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The Chamber of Commerce hosted their luncheon at the Holliday Inn this afternoon. The featured speaker at the event was State Senator Tony Ross, who discussed the progress with the Capitol renovations.
According to Ross, level one and level two designs have been completed. They consisted of diagnosing the needs of the Capitol. The findings of the investigation were that the Capitol needs new electrical wiring, new plumbing, repairs are needed to the exterior due to weather damage, and there is fading paint. Not only does the Capitol need a facelift, but committee rooms as well as offices will be upgraded too.
Level 3 design is currently taking place, which according to Ross is the "nuts and bolts of the whole thing". This phase of the renovations will go on for the remainder of the year. Then, after the 2015 legislative session, the Capitol will be emptied and the construction will begin.
The project is projected to cost upwards of $250 million dollars, but will help save the state money in the long run. Renovations to the Herschler building open up more space which will allow the state to save money on leases. After its all said and done, there will be more than 100,000 square feet of new office space to work with.
Ross made a point that this project is not to expand the government, but to help preserve a national historic landmark, as well as to open up the Capitol to the people.