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Repairs on Iowa State Capitol’s dome delayed

Oct 18, 2016

DES MOINES (AP) — Repairs to the Iowa State Capitol’s dome have been delayed.

The Legislature approved a nearly $10 million state appropriation for the major restoration project that is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.

Architects are still working on drawings and specifications to allow competitive bidding on the project, which means repairs won’t start until the spring, the Des Moines Register reported, Work to fix failing joints and cracks in the mortar, as well as other issues, had been expected to start in August.

Mark Willemssen, an Iowa Legislature facilities manager, says a contract for repairs will be awarded around January and scaffolding will be set up a few months later.

“We will work with the winning contractor, getting materials ordered, and see what the weather is like,” Willemssen said.

Lawmakers were told that the dome’s damages were compounded by moisture problems. Sen. Matt McCoy said that at this point the repair project is out of the lawmakers’ hands.

“My hope is that there won’t be ... further complications as a result of this delay,” McCoy said.

The Iowa Capitol was constructed between 1871 and 1886 in a style resembling Renaissance architecture, with the center of the dome covered with real 23-carat gold. Repairs for the dome are being funded from money left over from bond issues.

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