Wyoming State Capitol

The Wyoming State Capitol building is silhouetted as both the sun and the crescent moon set Oct. 6, 2013, in Cheyenne. Wyoming Tribune Eagle/staff

CHEYENNE – More than 130 years after it first opened to the public, the Wyoming Capitol is reopening – at least for a day – after its restoration with a celebration from 1-10 p.m. July 10, Wyoming Statehood Day.

There will be tours of the Capitol Square Project, live music and other entertainment, including fireworks.

The Capitol Square Project was comprised of four interrelated construction projects:

The Capitol has undergone extensive rehabilitation to replace outdated building systems, add critical life safety infrastructure and address public space needs, especially the need for larger meeting rooms. This invasive work created the opportunity to restore historic building features.

The Capitol Extension, the below-grade building that connects the Capitol to the Herschler Building, has been expanded by 28,000 square feet to accommodate public space needs that could not be met in the Capitol, including large public meeting rooms, as well as space for a future auditorium, visitor’s center and student learning center.

The Herschler Building has been remodeled and expanded by 56,000 square feet to house functions displaced from the Capitol. The atrium on the north side of the building has been removed to improve building efficiency and security, and to restore views to the Capitol.

The existing central utility plant, serving five state buildings, has been replaced, relocated and expanded by 15,000 square feet to accommodate additional equipment.

The cost of the entire project is estimated at around $300 million. The Capitol is expected to reopen later this year.

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