State officials are marking Kansas' 153rd anniversary with a dedication of the newly renovated Capitol in Topeka today.
The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million dollars.
It included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacing of the roof and dome, and constructing a visitor center.
The project was carried out in phases and financed with bonds.
Hundreds of schoolchildren will join Governor Brownback, legislators and other officials for the festivities today.
After 13 years and 330 million dollars in renovations, the Kansas Statehouse is ready to welcome visitors.
The project's final phase included an auditorium, a classroom, thousands of square feet of exhibition space and a visitors' center.
There's a ribbon cutting today to open the new space.
A formal ceremony to mark completion of the renovation project is scheduled for Kansas Day, Jan. 29.
Visitors will enter the building from the north at the ground level and proceed through the visitor center and into limestone corridors that are the foundation.
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