Capitol Facts

  • The Capitol was designed by a joint venture of Edward Durell Stone of New York and Reynolds, Smith and Hills of Jacksonville.
  • The first legislative session in the New Capitol was in 1978. Opening day of session was April 4, 1978.
  • The New Capitol was dedicated on March 31, 1978.
  • Construction on the Capitol began November 8, 1973.
  • The Capitol was declared completed on August 19, 1977.
  • It took 1,016 days to build the Capitol or over 3,200,000 man-hours of labor.
  • The cost to build the Capitol was $45,028,079. The building itself cost $43,070,741 with an additional $1,957,338 committed to landscaping Waller Park.
  • The grillwork on the outside of the Capitol was Edward Durell Stone's signature late in his architectural career.
  • Despite the Capitol being referred to as a 22-story building, there are three underground floors.
  • The observation deck rises 307 feet from the entrance on the Plaza Level. The 22nd floor is also 512 feet above sea level.
  • The working life of the New Capitol is estimated at 100 years.
  • The number of people in the Capitol during a normal workday is 1,500. During the Legislative session, this number increases to over 5,000.
  • The total square footage of the Capitol is 718,000. This is equal to approximately 400 homes.
    The following materials used in the building the Capitol.
  • 3,700 tons of Structural Steel.
  • 2,800 tons of Reinforcing Steel.
  • 25,000 cubic yards of concrete. This is equal to 16 football fields, 1 foot think OR a 5-foot wide, 4-inch thick sidewalk, 77 miles long.
  • 12,000 square feet of Walnut Paneling.
  • 12,000 gallons of paint.
  • 62,000 square feet or 1.5 acres of marble.
  • 60,000 square yards of carpet.
  • 92,000 square feet of terrazzo.
  • 30 miles of telephone cable.
  • 250 miles of electrical wire.