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Agency Says Capitol Needs $84.7 Million in Repairs (Mar 01, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Department of Central Services says the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma Capitol building is in need of $84.7 million in repairs.

The agency released The State Capitol Building Historic Conditions Report Tuesday. It provides a detailed assessment of the condition of the Capitol and recommends renovations to address current needs and critical maintenance issues.

The agency's director, John Richard, says the Capitol building is simply worn out after 100 years of heavy use and exposure to Oklahoma's weather extremes. Richard says the building has served the citizens of Oklahoma well for almost a century but that major needs must be addressed for it to remain useful for another hundred years.

The 400,000-square-foot structure was built between 1914 and 1919. It was first occupied by the state in 1917.

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