State House renovations are on hold due to a lawsuit against a contractor


Three years into a $283 million renovation at New Jersey’s State House, selective demolition and survey work is being carried out. But major construction has yet to begin due to a lawsuit filed by the losing general contractor.

The state has spent just over $27 million so far on the project.

“There is no other Statehouse that was as dilapidated as this one when we started this project,” said Raymond Arcario, executive director of the New Jersey Building Authority.

The original New Jersey State House has had 17 separate additions since it was built in 1792. A proposal in the 1970s argued that the building was too compromised and should be demolished.

“Water has been seeping into this building for decades. And the conditions when we started to open the building and expose the structure behind it were just horrible,” Arcario says.

The first 10 months of work for the general contractor will take place mainly underground to reinforce the foundations. Scaffolding will also be erected to repair the exterior.

“Brownstone and stone and limestone and stucco and all of that will be repaired and in some cases where it can’t be repaired it will be replaced,” says Arcario. “All the roofs will be replaced. A lot of the roofing you see on the building is slate and is well past its useful life.”

Historic areas inside the State House, including the Governor’s office, will be renovated.

“The building will be true to its historic components and elements, but can also serve for what we hope will be the next 50 years,” Arcario said.

The works will take three years from the selection of the general contractor, making it highly unlikely that they will be completed before 2023.

The renovation project was authorized in 2016 under the then government. Chris Christy.


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