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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.