Minnesota State Capitol Building Renovation

The Minnesota State Legislature approved the $241 million State Capitol Historic Renovation project in May of 2012 based upon a Comprehensive Master Plan, prepared by MOCA. The Master Plan document outlined the scope, process, budget and schedule that a restoration of this size and complexity would entail.

The realization of this project grew from a "call to action" issued by Governor Dayton, where he challenged the Commission to "come together as good stewards and to develop the restoration plans outlining cost and schedule of the restoration prior to the start of the 2012 Legislative session."

The Capitol Restoration project scope includes major repair and replacement of the building systems, electrical and technology infrastructure and functional improvements to the 1905 Cass Gilbert architectural masterpiece.   In addition to systems replacement, the restoration will provide updates to security and communication systems, address ADA code and life safety issues and ensure the historic capitol is code compliant.

The first phase of the work will be the installation of new mechanical units located in the attic of the Capitol. This work will allow the building to be open and occupied, to the greatest extent possible, through all future phases of design and construction.

MOCA is providing comprehensive Owner’s Project Management services and is currently leading the project definition phase.  This phase includes the development of design guidelines and imperatives that provide scope definition documents. MOCA will use these documents to guide a series of design scoping workshops that supplement the architectural schematic design process.

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