The Capitol Complex Improvement Project


The Capitol Complex Improvement Project is designed to improve safety and accessibility while preserving the cultural significance of Florida’s Capitol. The Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) is managing three major repair projects at the Florida Capitol to improve the complex’s safety, access, and functionality.

Completed in 1977, waterproofing systems above the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives garages have failed, requiring DMS to repair infrastructure. The considerable weight of nearly 150 mature trees and more than 7,300 tons of dirt above both garages caused water to seep into the structures, damaging them.

In 2004, DMS first identified water damage in the garages and began making minor repairs. In 2014, DMS began receiving funding from the Florida Legislature to conduct long-term repairs. Outside architect and engineering experts determined the excessive damage caused by water intrusion required immediate repairs. They recommended closing the Florida Senate garage, which DMS did on May 27, 2016, and removing the weight from above, which DMS did starting in July 2016.

Throughout 2016, crews removed all trees above both garages and a prescribed amount of dirt above the Florida House of Representatives garage. Additionally, crews removed all dirt above the Florida Senate garage and abated the former coal tar pitch waterproofing material.


Cultural Memorial Park Concept (Senate)

Senate Garage Concept Rendering

Veteran’s Memorial Park Concept (House)

House Garage Concept Rendering


In addition to work being done on the garages, DMS has received funding from the Florida Legislature to conduct repairs and increase access to Waller Park — the Capitol’s western entrance. Waller Park has experienced similar, but less extensive, damage in its underground parking garage. The project includes access changes – including elevator towers with bridges – providing those with mobility challenges increased options.


Waller Park Concept Rendering

Waller Park Concept Rendering


Both projects are expected to result in additional space within the Capitol complex for events and gatherings. The Florida Legislature in 2014 directed DMS to provide space for monuments and memorials within the complex. As such, DMS has designs to provide space for monuments and memorials to honor Florida's rich history.

It is the goal of DMS to minimize the impacts of construction on the Capitol grounds to employees and visitors. To provide adequate communication to the public and affected stakeholders about the work being done to improve and protect the Capitol, DMS has provided this tab on the Capitol website.



View updated information about road closures, changes in traffic patterns, unforeseen challenges throughout the construction process and other pertinent information to allow the public to plan accordingly and stay informed.


Construction Closures

Access a complete list of past, present and construction closures.


All Construction Closures

East Madison Street

Aug 12, 2016 - TBD

East Madison Street between Monroe Street and Adams Street is currently closed.

Capitol Hours & Tours

400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

The Capitol is open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

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