TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Sam Brownback says his office is planning a big celebration for Kansas Day to mark completion of the 13-year Statehouse renovation.
Brownback said Friday there could be a week of events leading up to the Jan. 29 dedication of the building, which has been overhauled from the dome to the basement.
the governor said his office discovered that there was no formal dedication for the Statehouse when its construction was completed in 1903. But he noted that the work took 37 years and cost a then-huge sum of more than $3 million.
The current renovation began in 2001 and is likely to cost about $330 million. The state built a new underground parking garage and expanded the basement for new office space.