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State Capitol Rennovation Almost Complete; Includes Enhanced Security

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Workers are putting the finishing touches on a renovation of the state Capitol as they prepare to re-open the 153-year-old building later this month.
The nearly $16 million project largely focused on upgrading electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. Parts of the building also got new carpets, paint and security upgrades.
The governor, executive staff, constitutional officers and legislative workers are in the process of moving back into the building that has been closed since May. The public will be able to gain entry on Dec. 17.
Visitors will now have to have their driver’s licenses scanned upon entry to the building, and a more extensive internal and external video surveillance system has been installed.
Officials declined to explain details or the rationale for the enhanced security.

State Capitol’s $15M Rennovation Includes Some Restoration

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Renovations at the state Capitol are giving workers the chance to restore some of the original features of the 150-year-old building including arched ceilings and other detail work.
Peter Heimbach Jr. of the state Department of General Services told reporters during a tour Monday that while mechanical upgrades are the main object of the overhaul, the state will also have a chance to restore vaulted ceilings and to seal doors that weren’t original to the building.
“We’d like to preserve some of the history of the Capitol and its construction,” he said.
Tearing out drop ceilings on the ground level and in legislative staff offices revealed arched ceilings original to the building. Demolition work on the men’s’ bathroom on the first floor revealed the outline of a former staircase and faux detail work that had been painted on the wall.
The discoveries in the old stairwell will be covered up again as the bathroom will need to be replaced, but the exposed arches on the ground floor will remain open, including in a former vending and break area that will become a conference room.
“This type of construction really hasn’t changed much since the Romans did it,” Heimbach said. “There’ s a lot of cathedrals in Europe that have this exact type of construction.”

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