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Renovations Under Way at Minnesota State Capitol

Updated: 02/17/2014 7:12 AM
Created: 02/16/2014 8:09 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

The Minnesota State Capitol is in the middle of a very intricate makeover.

The Capitol is undergoing a $273 million renovation from the basement through three floors above on the interior. There's also work going on outside to refinish the intricate stone work on the Capitol exterior.

KSTP has already featured the behind-the-scenes work going on inside the Capitol. Now, we're taking a look at the work on the outside of the building.

Parts of the Capitol were crumbling which was causing a safety hazard.

Thousands of pieces of the exterior are getting blasted, buffed, pounded and repaired or replaced. "Our generation and future generations can look forward to being able to experience the building the way it was originally experienced. That same spectacular awe when it was built," said Michael Bjornberg. Bjornberg is an architect overseeing the $53 million exterior restoration.

The marble is coming from a quarry in Georgia which is right next to the quarry where the Capitol's original marble came from. It then gets shipped to Toronto where a company employs masons. Those masons are working off of photographs of the original stonework and mock-ups that masons on site have made from cinderblock.

When the Capitol's restoration is complete, the hope is that it will instill pride for generations of Minnesotans. "For many generations to come. Not only our children and grandchildren, but their children and grandchildren as well," said Bjornberg.

The entire project is expected to be done in 2017.


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