Renovation work on the inside and outside of the historic Capitol will be in full swing this summer. Crews have already been emptying the east wing of the building, displacing the Senators and staff who had offices there, and installing protective coverings inside the rotunda.
Nonpartisan staff, along with some Senate DFL researchers, will move to the Centennial Office Building. Other Senate employees are heading up the street to a privately-owned office building. Several DFL Senators are moving into former staff offices, conference rooms or are sharing space with their colleagues.
“It’s huge,” said Vic Thorstenson, project manager for the DFL majority caucus. “We have a long list of the sequential office moves.”
It will also mean big changes for the 2015 legislative session, which begins in January. In addition to the cramped quarters, Thorstenson pointed out that three hearing rooms and some public restrooms will be out of service.
The governor’s office is also relocating this month to the Veterans Service Building. The Capitol renovation is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2017 session.