State Building Costs 12 Million More To Fix Than Original Build

A two-decades-old state office building that cost 8 million dollars to build could cost up to 20 million dollars to repair.

More than five hundred employees of the State Department of Health Services work in the building in downtown Austin. 

Officials say repairing the building could take up to two years.  That means employees will have to work out of temporary office space. 

The Austin American-Statesman reports the walls of the Robert D. Moreton building in central Austin are crumbling, cracking, and separating, and concrete panels that cover the building’s exterior are in danger of falling off.

The seven-story office tower was constructed in 1989.  Officials say it’s had structural problems for at least a decade.

The Texas Facilities Commission says engineers are describing the situation as serious. 


Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying.Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in Houston...

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