skip to content
Primary navigation

News Releases

For the latest news and information relating to the work of the Minnesota Department of Admin, see the news release listing below. Past news releases can be accessed using the archive links at right.

If you would like to subscribe to our media list to receive Admin news releases directly via email, you can sign up using this subscription link.

Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Completed On Time and Under Budget

Minority and women workforce and subcontracting goals were met

3/7/2018 10:14:43 AM

Saint Paul – The Department of Administration announced today that the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project was completed more than $8 million under budget. The project—which was completed in 2017 prior to a widely attended State Capitol Grand Opening celebration in August—received $310.17 million in bonding and legacy funds from the legislature. After completion of all approved restoration scope, total project costs tallied $301.5 million.

“The Minnesota State Capitol has finally been returned to its original grandeur, with additional public space and improved accessibility that truly make it the People’s House,” said Governor Dayton. “I thank the members and staff of the Capitol Preservation Commission, and the many partners, who made this project such a success. This restoration is a testament to the talented men and women of the building trades, who devoted three years to this project.”

The restoration project also met workforce and subcontracting diversity goals. The Department of Administration set a goal of at least 12 percent of the general contractor’s subcontracts were with minority or woman-owned businesses. The Capitol project saw nearly 30 percent of the workforce was minority workers and 12.5 percent were women.

“The restoration of the Minnesota Capitol was a special project in the state’s history,” said Administration Commissioner Matt Massman. “We had an obligation to ensure that the project respected the original craftsmanship of Cass Gilbert while improving the systems within the building. Thanks to the collaboration of a great many preservation partners, we met that challenge – delivering the project on time and under budget.”

The four year project was the first comprehensive repair and restoration of the State Capitol since it opened in 1905. Extensive repairs and replacements were done to the building’s exterior marble, roof, heating and ventilation systems, plumbing, electrical wiring, and plaster. Additionally, decorative painting and fine art were restored and exterior windows and French doors were replaced or restored. With the repurposing of space, area dedicated to public use was nearly doubled to approximately 40,000 square feet.


For more information, please contact:

Curt Yoakum, Assistant Commissioner
(651) 201-2771

back to top