Design contract for Alaska State Capitol approved

Dec 19, 2012 -- 10:20am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The aging Alaska State Capitol is a step closer to getting a facelift. The Legislative Council approved a contract last week with Juneau-based architectural firm Jensen Yorba Lott for design work on the restoration and retrofitting of the capitol for a three-phase project expected to span four summers and cost millions. The Juneau Empire says Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan of Juneau successfully lobbied to add consideration of Capitol repairs to the agenda at last week's Legislative Council meeting in Anchorage, despite the objection of Wasilla Republican Sen. Linda Menard, chairwoman of council. Jensen Yorba Lott president Wayne Jensen says a cost estimate is being prepared. He says the cost of reconstruction will be in the millions. The design contract alone is worth slightly more than $1 million.

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