Next stage of Minnesota Capitol renovation approved: goodbye Rotunda for now

A new phase of renovation at the state Capitol will begin, following approval Monday by the Capitol Preservation Commission.

Work on this phase will require the temporary closing of the Rotunda — the site of frequent celebrations and protests.

The work has required many state officials to relocate their offices from the Capitol. Gov. Mark Dayton and his staff will move soon to a temporary office suite in the nearby Veterans Affairs building.

The newly approved work includes:

  • Remaining demolition including mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and any channeling required for major MEP, structural items all related to vertical openings and shafts,
  • Stonewall openings in the basement, and column changes, elevators and stairs.
  • Mechanical smoke EVAC in attic, core systems in shafts (MEP risers from basement), vertical plumbing risers, IT backbone from origination in the basement to IT closets on upper floors, and fiber.
  • Architectural highlights include the walkways to access HVAC equipment in attic
  • Penetrations through exterior stone walls for overflow roof drainage.

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