SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The new architect of the Illinois State Capitol says she wants to continue the renovation of the historic statehouse, preserve most of the surrounding buildings, and make all the structures more sustainable.
Andrea Aggertt of Newton started her new position this week. She was a project architect at Shive-Hattery in Bloomington.READ MORE: Bridgeport Art Center To Host Exhibit Celebrating 50th Anniversary Of the National Women's Caucus For Art
The architect’s office is responsible for the Illinois Capitol in Springfield and the several state buildings and grounds that surround it. Aggertt says she wants to finalize a master plan within the next year to study the complex’s short- and long-term needs.READ MORE: Body Camera Video Shows Shootout With University Of Chicago Police Officer That Left Man Critically Wounded In Hyde Park
The State Journal-Register reports the capital bill Illinois lawmakers approved last spring includes $350 million for projects in the complex. Some of that money will go toward upgrading the statehouse’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.MORE NEWS: Chicago Has 'Formally Passed The Omicron Peak' As New COVID-19 Infections Decline, Hospitalizations Level Off, Top Doc Says; Cautious Optimism With Similar Trend Reported Statewide
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