First Discussions Held for Capitol Renovation Planning

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - The process to renovate the Capitol Building began Wednesday as project managers met with the state's Select Committee on Legislative Facilities.
Renovation of the Capitol Building is set to begin in approximately 12 months, but there's still plenty of planning to be done.
"We have a goal to meet a schedule, but we also want to do it right. If we can do both that would be great, but we're not going to compromise doing it right for the sake of the schedule," said Tom Whetstone, Project Principal for HDR Architecture.
The architecture group talked with legislative members to begin to get an idea of how the building can best serve those who work there.
"This is a starting point for the project to how the chambers will work, the committee rooms will work, how do they become more open to the public to participate in the process," Whetstone said.
"We've created the big picture. We've created the outline for the job so now we're starting to go in and fill in the specific boxes," said Rep. Jim Byrd, (D) Laramie County.
The committee plans to meet with the architects and the public every four weeks as the planning process moves along.
"Instead of trying to go back and forth we can all sit in the same room, hear the same discussions and they have a unified point," Byrd said.
The next meeting, which is open to the public, will be May 8th at 9 a.m. in room 302 of the Capitol Building.


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