Monday, Dec 9, 2013
Architect Board Defends Capitol Renovations
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - The architect of the Illinois Capitol says he's being unfairly targeted by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration for renovations that critics say are unnecessarily extravagant.
J. Richard Alsop III says Quinn's calls to have him "reigned in" are "unwarranted and completely out of line."
Alsop says his office is only one player in the renovation process and says it did the best it could with the resources it had.
Quinn has halted funding for future renovations until a review of the project is done.
Alsop spoke Friday after a board meeting in Springfield addressing the ongoing renovations that included copper-plated doors and chandeliers.
The four-person board said in a statement the $50 million project was mostly about safety, and followed all budget and procedural requirements.
Timeline of renovations to the west wing of the Illinois State Capitol:
-2004: Lawmakers create Capital Architect post and four-person Capitol Architect Board
-2008: Design and planning starts for west-wing Capitol renovation
-Spring 2009: Legislature approves $31 billion for state construction projects. Gov. Pat Quinn signs bill.
-November 2009: J. Richard Alsop III hired as Capitol Architect
-2011: $50 million west-wing renovation plans completed and put out to bid. Construction starts.
-December 2012: Initial projected renovation completion date.
-August/September 2013: Media tour of capital. Itemization of costs made available.
-September 2013: Gov. Pat Quinn halts funding of future renovations until expenditures reviewed.
Source: Governor's office, Office of the Architect of the Capitol
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