Capitol Improvements

Photo by Brent Fuchs.

Photo by Brent Fuchs.

“Our State Capitol is steadily deteriorating, and the damage will only accelerate if significant repairs are not made soon,”

Thing are looking up – and soon will look more up-to-date – at the Oklahoma State Capitol. In May, Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Joint Resolution 1033, which will provide $120 million in bond money over 10 years to make much-needed improvements to the structure.

In Oklahoma Magazine’s March 2013 issue, writer Brian Patrick reported on the poor condition of the building.

“Our State Capitol is steadily deteriorating, and the damage will only accelerate if significant repairs are not made soon,” said Preston Doerflinger, the Oklahoma director and secretary of finance and revenue, at the time.

John Morrison, administrator of Capitol Asset Management, said that it was the deficiencies undetected by the naked eye, like outdated plumbing and electrical wiring, that are the greatest hazard.

Yellow gates blocking off the steps leading up to the building and a sign reading, “Caution: Keep Out,” currently greet visitors to the State Capitol.

According to Joe Griffin, communications director for Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, a piece of concrete fell through a ceiling into the House media division’s offices in May, forcing the office to relocate.