Capitol renovation

KS: Renovation-weary lawmakers say they want receipts next time

By   /  August 29, 2012  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

Kansas will spend about  $17.4 million to clean up this construction site, finish a new Capitol visitors center and remove a huge construction crane dominating Topeka's skyline for a decade.

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
TOPEKA –  The next time Kansas spends more than a decade and almost a third of a billion dollars to fix up the state Capitol, it will get receipts.
So say the state’s top elected purse keepers, the State Finance Council, a nine-member panel that makes the state’s big financial decisions when [...]

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KS: Newest State House addition — $296K

By   /  August 17, 2012  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

Kansas' century-old weathered copper Capitol dome will be bright as new penny when renovations are finished $10 million from now.

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
FAIRWAY — Toss another $296,000 onto the pile of Kansas Capitol renovation costs.
That’s the price of an elaborate 900-pound chandelier that restorers installed this week under the Capitol dome, said Barry Greis, the Capitol architect on the front lines of what has become a 12-year, $320-million project to restore Kansas’ Capitol [...]

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KS: New chandelier sheds little light on Capitol makeover costs

By   /  August 16, 2012  /  Kansas, News, State Government  /  No Comments

This is how Kansas' capitol dome looked for seven decades before architects installed a new chandelier.

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
FAIRWAY – Kansas has a nifty new chandelier under the Capitol dome. Workers installed it this week.
The ornate, fabricated brass and cast bronze light fills a void, which has existed since its 19th century predecessor was sacrificed to a World War II scrap metal drive.
It’s a beauty, said Gary Behm, [...]

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Kansas’ State Capitol Ranks High In Questionable Stimulus Spending

By   /  August 3, 2010  /  Kansas, Stimulus  /  No Comments

The ongoing renovation of the Kansas State Capitol building ranked number 11 in a new report highlighting abusive federal Stimulus spending. “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers the Blues,” prepared by Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ), credits the Kansas Legislature with spending more than $285 million on [...]

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