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Architects Discuss Renovating Docking State Office Building

Associated Press - June 2, 2016 9:05 am

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State officials say they are meeting with architects to discuss plans for renovating the Docking State Office Building in Topeka.

A legislative committee heard testimony Wednesday that options for the building including a complete renovation or removing several of the building’s dozen floors.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports architect Keith Blackburn said a complete renovation would cost about $84.5 million. Reducing the building to four stories would cost $49.1 million, while three floors would cost $44.7 million and making it a single-story building would cost $30 million.

Blackburn said under either option, the state will have to do abatement work to remove asbestos and lead paint.

A majority of the hundreds of state employees who work in the building will be moved to another state building through spring 2017.

Elizabeth Diehl

June 3, 2016 at 11:12 pm

For a State that is broke, where is this money coming from? Education comes way before this does. Wake up people!!

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