Capitol design to be created through dialog with Alaskans
March 02, 2005
Graphic courtesy AlaskaCapitol.org
Thom Mayne, clearly thrilled at the thought of undertaking this assignment, said "I couldn't wait to get here yesterday to talk about this project. We worked for 3 weeks on some ideas, without benefit of a conversation with a client and we think we've got some good ideas to offer. Now we say to Alaskans, 'these are the things we propose: speak to us.'"
Mike Mense added that the team "can make a great building that the citizens of Alaska will love. I look forward to working with my fellow Alaskans to create a great building to inspire the state, a building with clarity, simplicity, and fit. We're immensely honored to be chosen to undertake this monumental task for the people of Alaska."
Win Gruening, a member of the Capitol Planning Commission, said "the Commission is confident that the jury selected the team most capable of giving Alaskans the best capitol possible. We are all extremely confident that Thom and Mike will work with Alaskans to create a capitol the whole state can be proud of."
The Capitol Planning Commission and the selected design team will now work with the Legislature and the governor to secure funding for the project. "We have an incredible team ready to design and build a Capitol and we will do all we can to complete the project in time for Alaska's 50th birthday," said Juneau Mayor Botelho.
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