What to know about the proposed $200 billion Capitol renovations
The Capitol, a $1.3 trillion-plus piece of the sprawling U.S. Capitol complex, will be undergoing major upgrades and additions by 2025.
The Capitol’s existing $200-million ceiling window has been replaced with a $10-million glass pane that will increase the ceiling’s visibility.
The dome will also be retrofitted to improve the viewing experience.
And the exterior walls will be replaced with glass panels that allow more light into the Capitol’s dome.
The Senate and House of Representatives will also see the renovation, which will cost $600 million over 10 years.
But it won’t be done overnight.
The entire Capitol will need to be renovated by the end of 2021, and then a new, taller, higher-visibility dome will need the approval of the full House.
It’s still unclear how much of that will be funded by taxpayers, and whether the new dome will cost more than $300 million, a figure that could increase the cost of the renovation.
The proposed Capitol renovations have been in the works for years, and a new dome is expected to be unveiled sometime next month.
While the Senate’s new dome won’t look like the old one, it will still feature a unique design that features a different, circular, glass window that rises higher and more than one-third of the way up the Capitol building.
It will also include more glass, as opposed to the current glass that is exposed in the dome.