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Expensive Doors For Capitol

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 04:50:13 CDT
By: AP

The $50 million renovation of the Illinois Capitol building includes three copper-covered wooden doorways that cost $669,608. State officials released the price tag for the doors in response to media inquiries more than a week ago. They had first said the cost could not be itemized. Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop III says materials and fabrication made up $535,808 of the cost and installation and engineering make up the rest. Alsop says the doors give the building a "desired and appropriate historical fabric." A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan explained the cost by noting that the building is a national landmark. The $50 million project is being paid for with construction bonds. It includes replacement of heating and air-conditioning and bringing the building up to current safety codes.

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