Oklahoma State Capitol Dome
Oklahoma City, OK
For 85 years, Oklahoma’s State Capitol remained unfinished. In 1998, the architectural firm Frankfurt Short Bruza was retained by the State to complete a study to establish the practicality of constructing a dome. Based on the findings of this study, the state’s governor announced plans in 2000 to build a dome as part of the state’s Centennial celebration efforts.
Since designing and building a dome on an existing Capitol had not been done in the U.S. since 1865, this project was every architect’s dream. The challenge was to complete it with today’s materials, within budget, on a tight schedule and match it to the original building.
Based on very limited design intent from 1914 architect Soloman Andrew Layton, a new dome was created consisting of precast concrete and cast stone made with Lehigh white cement, soaring 155 feet above the Capitol.
At the start of the project the design team did extensive historical research that was later used in the overall design. The result is a project that celebrates Oklahoma and will be enjoyed by future generations.
Architect: Frankfurt Short Bruza Architects
Precast Contractor: Arkansas Precast Corporation
Awards: 2004 Winner of APA Award of Manufacturing Excellence, National Design-Build Award, Design Build Institute of America, Special Honor Award, AIA Oklahoma, Merit Award of Excellence, National Council of Structural Engineers Association, Best Precast Project, BAC Craft Award, Special Recognition / Honorable Mention, Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute, National Design Excellence Award, Architectural Precast Association
Photographer: Greg Hursley
Next Project: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium