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TOPEKA, Kansas – The most visible and recent progress of the $300 million dollar statehouse renovation project is the new copper dome.
The JE Dunn Company is overseeing the work.
Vice president Jim Rinner gave a tour of the site that’s scheduled to come down in five months.
“Certainly, it is gonna be done by the end of this year. The end of 2013.”
The new dome is assembled piece metal.
Larger pieces are put together off site, and then hoisted and swung into place.
It takes a crew of about 40 men working seven days a week to hoist all the copper up.
The new roof, Rinner says which includes repairs, upgrades, and copper to the entire statehouse will cost Kansas $20 million dollars.
According to Rinner, it’ll be decades before it turns green like the old dome.
“It’s our understanding that it went to green in 20-25 years when it was last installed, we believe it is going to be twice that even.”
Cars and trucks may play a role in keeping that shine.
“A lot of people my age were familiar with the green color that was there our whole lives. It’s going to turn green eventually, but in today’s atmosphere influences from gasses and pollutants it’s going to take, we believe, much longer than what it did originally.”
The old green copper will be salvaged, and the state will make money from the sale.
The dome is also designed to withstand 100 mile per hour winds.
Rinner says the old dome took 20 to 25 years to turn green.