STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
CAPITOL BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
|Time:||09:37 AM to 10:29 AM|
|This Meeting was called to order by|
| Georgianna Contiguglia|
|This Report was prepared by|
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
|Bills Addressed: ||Action Taken:|
|Approval of Minutes|
Election of Chair and Vice Chair
Building Projects Update
Funding for Obama Portrait and Clinton Portrait
Basement Interactive Display
Enos Mills Fundraising
09:38 AM -- Approval of Minutes
The meeting was called to order by the chair, Ms. Georgianna Contiguglia. Ms. Contiguglia reported that members whose terms expired July 1, 2009, including Ms. Diann Sill, Mr. Richard Weingardt, and Ms. Contiguglia, were all reappointed by the Governor.
09:39 AM -- Election of Chair and Vice Chair
|BILL:||Election of Chair and Vice Chair |
|TIME: || 09:40:11 AM|
|MOTION:||Moved to elect Ms. Contiguglia to a second term as chair of the committee. The motion passed without objection.|
Not Final YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 6 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection
09:41 AM -- Building Projects Update
Mr. Frank Lombardi reported that the Life Safety Project is complete and the Governor issued a proclamation celebrating the project's successful completion.
Mr. Lombardi also reported that the solar panel display for Mr. Brown's Attic will installed in the near future.
Ms. Marilyn Eddins reported that Condit is working on the voting desk and the questions that will comprise the display as well. Ms. Jennifer Thomsen, Legislative Council Staff, provided further information about the desk, noting that approval of the questions would be an item on the August agenda.
Representative Weissmann provided an update on dome renovation project. Ms. Contiguglia responded to a question from Ms. Nunnally related to whether the funding mechanism for the Justice Center could be used for the dome project, explaining that it could not. The committee discussed this issue at some length, talking about the possibilities for dome renovation funding. Ms. Contiguglia invited Ms. Sharon Nunnally to join her in speaking to the Capital Development Committee (CDC) at its September meeting.
Mr. James Hare, Executive Director of Colorado Preservation, Inc., came to the table to speak to the committee about conversations around funding for the dome renovation project. He said his organization's membership would be interested in raising funds for the project. He explained that he met with Representative Riesberg, chair of the CDC, to discuss the issue, and said his organization could be a repository for funds for the project. Mr. Hare suggested that the committee nominate the dome for the organization's "Colorado's Most Endangered Places" designation. He talked about the possibility of raising corporate funds for the dome.
Mr. Hare responded to committee questions, including an inquiry from Ms. Contiguglia about the amount of money that would need to be raised for the renovation of the dome. Mr. Hare stated that at least $11 million will need to be raised. Ms. Contiguglia suggested that Mr. Hare review a study done in Virginia regarding fundraising for Capitol repairs. Committee discussion on the possibility of Mr. Hare's organization soliciting funds for dome repairs ensued. The committee agreed that the Capitol should be nominated for the "Colorado's Most Endangered Places" designation if the CDC approves.
Mr. Lombardi reported on the application for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for ground source heating and cooling for the building.
Mr. Lombardi reported that the elevator project will extend into the legislative session. He said equipment for the project has been ordered.
Mr. Lombardi reported that he is scheduled to meet with the representatives of the Armenian community who have been working with Capitol Complex on the Armenian Garden. He explained that there would be digging on the Capitol grounds related to the ground source heating and cooling project, and Capitol Complex wants to ensure that work would not be done on the Armenian Gardens that would be impacted by that digging. Mr. Lombardi said they would move forward with a plan and design, and that the completion of the work may be part of a larger project.
10:05 AM -- Funding for Obama Portrait and Clinton Portrait
Representative Weissmann reported that he hopes the Colorado Council on the Arts will work as an intermediary to help the committee obtain a portrait of President Obama, as well as a replacement portrait of President Clinton, which is currently on loan to the Capitol through March 31, 2010. Representative Weissmann said he does not foresee any difficulties in raising money for the portraits. Ms. Contiguglia noted that any new portrait would need to fit in with the current collection in size, framing, format, and style. Ms. Contiguglia noted that the Colorado Council on the Arts could issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) after the money has been raised. Committee discussion on this issue ensued, with Representative Weissmann noting that $5,000 is an initial goal for fundraising. Ms. Thomsen clarified that presidential portraits are exempt from the committee's art donation guidelines.
10:11 AM -- Basement Interactive Display
Representative Weissmann reported that a temporary display should be displayed on the interactive exhibit in the basement. Legislative Information Services (LIS) has been directed to take the lead on this project. Representative Weissmann said LIS is finalizing an RFP for a non-web-based system for the display. Leaders Challenge, the organization that was originally chosen to maintain the display, was paid to do so, but did not do the work and has not yet returned the money it was paid. Representative Weissmann explained that the money is needed in order to move forward with the RFP. He responded to committee questions about Leaders Challenge and where the money is housed. Ms. Eddins reported that Leaders Challenge also handled funding for the voting booth that is scheduled to be installed in Mr. Brown's Attic. The committee discussed ongoing maintenance of the interactive displays.
10:15 AM -- Enos Mills fundraising
Senator Bacon reported that the donors of the Enos Mills sculpture have not followed through with getting the funds to pay for the sculpture and place it. He explained that initial efforts for fundraising were unsuccessful and that a letter to the artist has been drafted indicating that the committee cannot go forward with placing the sculpture without the needed funds. Senator Bacon indicated he is interested in seeing the sculpture placed, and said he would look for ways to help Ms. Fulford, the sculptor, raise funds. He explained that the acceptance is suspended, but that he and Ms. Contiguglia will help encourage donors. He said he would contact the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park, to see if they would resume their efforts to raise funds for the sculpture and its placement.
10:19 AM -- Other Business
Ms. Contiguglia reported that, in Mr. Hite's absence, she assisted the Colorado Council on the Arts in its selection of art for the basement rotunda exhibit.
Ms. Contiguglia also reported that she contacted the Art Institute of Colorado to gauge interest in getting a student to take photos for the Memorials and Art In and Around the State Capitol publication update. She explained that the photos would be used for archival purposes, not for publication.
Ms. Contiguglia thanked Capitol Complex for working on the installation of the quilt show and encouraged committee members to look at the quilts.
Mr. Lombardi introduced Mr. Richard Lee, who will take his place on the committee.
Ms. Contiguglia reminded committee members that Mr. Lombardi is retiring at the end of July. She thanked him for his service to the committee and read into the record a certificate congratulating Mr. Lombardi. Mr. Lombardi thanked the committee and made parting remarks.
Ms. Eddins reported that the House of Representatives was unable to secure donated plants this year for the planters around the Capitol.
The committee adjourned.
- finalize letter to Bonnie Fulford regarding suspension of acceptance of Enos Mills sculpture -- Legislative Council Staff (done by Kori Donaldson 7/27/09)
- draft letter to CDC asking for permission to nominate capitol for Endangered Places list -- Legislative Council Staff (done by Kori Donaldson 7/24/09)
- send Virginia study on fundraising for Capitol repairs to Mr. Hare -- Legislative Council Staff (done by Jennifer Thomsen 7/17/09)
- draft letter to state patrol, with copies to Norm Brisson in the Governor's Office and House and Senate Leadership, about parking in circle on brickwork -- Legislative Council Staff
- begin work on committee's annual report -- Legislative Council Staff
- draft letter apprising CDC of Enos Mills fundraising efforts -- Legislative Council Staff
August Agenda Items
- review proposed questions for voting desk
- discuss annual report