Published November 9, 2015 by Rick Green (NewsOK)
After contractors complete the biggest repair and refurbishment project in the history of the state Capitol, the man in charge of the work does not want it compromised through the kind of disjointed building management that has prevailed over the years.
More than 20 entities, including the House, the Senate and the executive branch, have some say over changes to work spaces in Oklahoma’s signature building. The result has been a hodgepodge of mismatched interior improvements.
“We haven’t done a good job of being the best stewards of this building,” project manager Trait Thompson said Thursday after an interim study.
He would like to see a unified system for managing future work.
The present system has led to situations where fire alarm systems don’t communicate properly with each other, there are multiple styles of doors and different offices use different kinds of light bulbs, Thompson said.
He provided other examples:
“Tile glued over marble, plaster walls in historic corridors where people have busted through the plaster and just put a door in, beautiful plaster ceilings where duct work was run through.”
Some states have commissions to manage interior spaces.
“What we really need is sort of a holistic management structure where you have more of a partnership or strategy of how every operation in the state Capitol is managed,” he said.
Capitol Superintendent Doug Kellogg maintains the building, but doesn’t always have details about work a particular entity did to its own space.
“We maintain stuff that we really didn’t install,” he said. “It has to overlap. It has to work together and sometimes it doesn’t.”Follow @FortySixNews