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Sprucing-up planned for SD Capitol

PIERRE -- A maintenance and repair plan is set for offices, lobbies and bathrooms adjacent to the Senate and House chambers on the state Capitol's third floor.

PIERRE -- A maintenance and repair plan is set for offices, lobbies and bathrooms adjacent to the Senate and House chambers on the state Capitol's third floor.

Many of the couches, benches and chairs will be refurbished rather than replaced, in keeping with the goal of historic preservation and restoration. Some carpeting will be repaired.

The legislative chambers are spread across two wings and the bathrooms at each end will get special attention. The plan calls for cleaning their marble walls and repairing the plaster and woodwork.

Another piece of the project involves repairing the chairs used by legislators at their desks on the floor of each chamber.

The chairs aren't original but they are decades-old facsimiles; consequently, they can't be replaced.

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Instead, the Legislative Research Council keeps a stock of custom-made replacement parts.

There will be other work in various spots along with replacement of chairs and desks in several offices and meeting rooms.

LRC director Jim Fry presented the plan to the Legislature's Executive Board last week. At that point, a cost estimate wasn't ready.

The plan's scope is small in comparison to the sweeping reconstruction of the Legislature's fourth-floor annex area that was completed for the 2009 session.

That project involved gutting an office area that was used by a governor's bureau and installing a new auditorium-like meeting room in that space. A new bathroom was built and two meeting rooms were re-created.

Fry said the total cost of that project was $1,786,566.

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