House Gives Final Approval To Capitol Remodel
The Wyoming House gave final approval to a nearly 260 million dollar remodeling of the State Capitol Building and adjoining Herschler building. The project will bring about infrastructure improvements to both facilities and will create larger legislative committee rooms and develop office space for all elected officials.
Cheyenne Representative Dan Zwonitzer said the Herschler Building will become a more useful location for state government and a much nicer work space.
"So you'll see a massive transformation of the Herschler building from when it was built from 1980 to 1983 to the present day, to make it reflect the beauty of the Capitol square and to compliment the Capitol with spaces in there."
One source of local controversy is what offices will remain in the Capitol building. Zwonitzer said that remains to be seen.
"What we do know is that there is 90-thousand square feet of need and only about 51-thousand square feet of available space in this building after we bring it up to code. So we certainly know certain elected official offices will be moved to the Herschler building, but we haven't made a determination of who those will be."
The plan is to begin construction after the 2015 legislative session and complete construction by 2017.