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Today there are 2,200* people working at the Capitol while the Legislature is in session.

The building designed in 1888, was not meant to hold this many people. By 1988 the Capital needed more space to fit all of the people, computers and telephones it needed. Do you have any ideas on how to add space at the Capitol?

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Answer: Underground!
Work in the Capitol began underground in the year 1990. It took three years to build offices, tunnels and parking lots below the Capitol. There is now over 615,000 square feet of work space. That is almost 11 football fields! The photo above shows a group photo that was taken during the construction of the new underground complex.

*There are almost 1400 people working at the Capitol while the Legislature is not in session.

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