Longtime Statehouse Architect Barry Greis was recognized on the Senate floor on Wednesday, March 19, for his commitment to the preservation and restoration of the Kansas State Capitol.
Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley and Senate President Susan Wagle commended and congratulated Greis in the formal gathering of their fellow senators before presenting him with a proclamation for overseeing the Capitol restoration project, which took 13 years and cost $332 million.
“Barry has been the glue that held this project together,” said Hensley, in whose district Greis resides. “He kept this project on its steady course, answered tough questions, and kept the faith to see it through. He is a great Kansan.”
Accompanied by his wife, Sandy, Greis was recognized not only for his work on the Statehouse renovation, but for many years of service to the state in various capacities.
Greis has served the State of Kansas as a former deputy director of the Division of Facilities Management; former assistant to the Secretary of Health and Environment for internal management; and a former project manager for the renovation of Cedar Crest, the governor’s residence.
“Barry’s commitment to restoring the Kansas Capitol to its original grandeur never wavered,” Wagle said. “We are truly thankful for his dedication to the project.”