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Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project

Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project

The restoration team completed exterior work on the Oklahoma State Capitol in March, and now the Capitol Restoration Project is heading into its final phase. Begun in 2015, the extensive restoration is expected to conclude next summer, after adjournment of the 2021 legislative session, and be ready for official reopening in 2022. In this Capitol Insider segment Capitol Project Manager Trait Thompson discusses recent progress and what remains to be done as the Oklahoma legislature prepares to return for its 2021 session. 

Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project

With the 2020 legislative session now over, lawmakers are refocusing on the upcoming elections and issues relevant in the year ahead. Meanwhile, the work of the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project moves to the vacant House and Senate chambers. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley take one last look at the session and its effect on the months to come.

Shawn Ashley, eCapitol

When elected officials and visitors descend on the State Capitol Building for the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, they will see some dramatic changes. Trait Thompson, Capitol Project Manager for the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project, told KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley what they can expect.

KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley outside the building.
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

Restoration work is ongoing at the Oklahoma state capitol.

 

Recently, project manager Trait Thompson led KGOU’s Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley on a tour of the building.

Barber Woody Yaklin and Oklahoma Historical Society Director Bob Blackburn at Mr. Woody's Style Shop.
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

Construction crews are demolishing the basement level of the Oklahoma State Capitol as part of a building restoration project. But the renovation is pushing out a decades-old business.