State Officials Concerned Over Costs And Delays In Capitol Construction

courtesy Wyoming Capitol Square Project

AP 7-8,2015

Top Wyoming officials are expressing concern about the slow pace of planning for the $300-million renovation of the state capitol in Cheyenne and say they may explore retaining a representative to oversee the project more closely.

Gov. Matt Mead and legislative leaders met Tuesday evening as the capitol building restoration oversight group. The meeting ended with a closed session that lasted past 10 p.m.

Mead and several lawmakers told representatives of the project’s architects and contractors they are concerned with delays on substantial completion of working drawings, now expected in October. Some state workers already have moved out of the Capitol in anticipation of work starting this fall.

Senate President Phil Nicholas, a Laramie Republican, says the group may explore retaining a manager to oversee the project more closely.