Phase I: Exterior Masonry Repairs
For fiscal year 2000, the Legislature appropriated $600,000 for exterior masonry and stair repairs from the Permanent Building Fund account. The following year, $872,205 was appropriated from the same account for replacement of the east and west exterior stairs. The two appropriations were combined to accomplish Phase I of the exterior portion of the Capitol Restoration Project designed by the team of CSHQA/Isthmus Architects.
McAlvain Construction initiated the project in July 2001, and completed it mid-June of 2002. Work consisted of selective repair of stone, mortar joints, and flashing up to the fourth floor exterior as well as replacement of some cracked and deteriorated stone pieces. Also included was the complete demolition and replacement of the east and west exterior stairs. The masonry repairs were completed simultaneously with the stair replacements. The funding available allowed approximately 75% of the required stone repair work to be done.
In December 2001, 3DI/Lemley Associates of Texas/Idaho was engaged to provide project management services during design development through construction phases of the major Capitol restoration, prior to the project being placed on hold. The professional firm was hired to perform all of the services of a project manager and to represent the Idaho Department of Administration and the Idaho State Capitol Commission in interaction with the project design consultant and contractor.
Tenants of the Capitol occupied the building throughout the exterior work and in order to keep them informed of the activities of the contractor, weekly Renewal News newsletters were published and distributed throughout the building and to other interested parties.