New Copper Covering Statehouse Dome

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The crowning touch to the Kansas Capitol construction is going on right now. Crews are placing new copper on the dome.

Jim Rinner, who is overseeing the project for JE Dunn Construction, says he expects crews installing the large sheets to reach the top in the next seven to ten days. He says finishing work on the cuppola and top of the dome will follow over the next couple months.

While passers have likely been noticing the copper covering the large expanses of the dome over the past couple weeks, Rinner says a lot of detail work has brought crews to this point. He says a milestone was reached when they completed copper work around the arched window frames, which he called probably the most difficult detail of the design.

Rinner expects scaffolding to start coming down in October. He says people will see the copper color darken and turn bronze over the next year. The green patina that has become the dome's signature over the years isn't expected to develop for several decades.

Gov. Sam Brownback said the Statehouse renovation project that's taken more than a decade should be complete by next year.

While the project has sparked much debate for its cost, Rinner said it is overall coming in under budget.


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