COT's Office of Enterprise Policy and Project Management (OEPPM) is among the organizations that moved into the renovated building.
The renovated State Office Building in Frankfort.
A rededication ceremony and ribbon cutting were held on Oct. 17, 2007 at the newly renovated State Office Building on High Street in downtown Frankfort. A major restoration of the 1938 Art Deco office tower was recently completed to address both functional obsolescence and environmental issues.
“The renovation of the State Office Building has been a wonderful success story for state government and downtown Frankfort,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “Not only did we save the architectural beauty of this historic structure while modernizing the workspace, we also increased building capacity and came in $4.1 million under budget.”
New tenants of the building are the Kentucky Department of Revenue, the Personnel Cabinet and the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT). COT's OEPPM organization consists of two divisions: the Division of Enterprise Project Management, which is already located in the building; and the Division of Geographic Information (DGI). Once DGI employees move into the building in late November the entire OEPPM organization will be located on part of the building's ninth floor. Before the renovation began, the building served as home to employees of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) until construction of the new KYTC building adjacent to the State Office Building was completed.
“Prior to this renovation, the building included awkward office space, asbestos tile and out-of-date electrical systems,” said Sec. Robbie Rudolph. “If you were ever in this building before today, you know first-hand the tremendous improvements this renovation represents.”
The last major renovation of the building dates back to the addition that was built in the 1960s. The building’s Art Deco influence, popular in the 1930s and 40s, is evident in the exterior brickwork and design of the building. Other Art Deco elements inside the building include the elevators, terrazzo tile and ornate brick work.
“Great care was taken during this renovation to modernize the building while maintaining its architectural integrity,” said Mike Burnside, secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. “I think we honored the historical significance of the structure while also bringing in 21st century office functionality.”
The total cost of the project was approximately $55 million, $4.1 million under the $59 million appropriation. The building’s floor plan now features a modular design, which increased the occupancy from 800 to 1,200 employees. A voice over IP (VoIP) phone system maintained by COT provides advanced telephony services for the entire building.
“We essentially got 400 more people in this building for free,” said Rudolph.
Rudolph and Burnside were joined at the ceremony by Personnel Cabinet Secretary Brian J. Crall and Department of Revenue Commissioner John May.
Renovations of the existing parking area and work on an additional lot on the site of the old Frankfort Scrapyard are ongoing and will be completed by the time the building is fully occupied. These parking areas will be landscaped to include medians with greenery and enhanced lighting for safety and security purposes.