A massive $272-million renovation project at the Minnesota Capitol that could take several years received its final go-ahead vote this week. Crews are expected to start tearing up the lawn on the Capitol grounds within weeks, and some of the exterior of the 108-year-old building will likely be demolished not long after Labor Day. The restoration work will update a number of buildings systems and structures, including plumbing and electrical systems. Leaky windows will be replaced as well, and crews will also work on the building’s crumbling marble facade. The renovation is expected to make life difficult for those who work in and around the Capitol, along with the tourists who visit it during the course of the work. The current Minnesota Capitol was designed by renown architect Cass Gilbert, and is actually the state’s third. The first was destroyed by fire and the second was too small and was demolished.
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