MANSION RENOVATION: Terrace Hill Gets Overhaul

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Toxic mold infested the living quarters in the Governor's mansion last year. The only way to get it out was to renovate portions of the building.

Governor Branstad and his wife, Chris, were forced to move out of Terrace Hill while some of the work was underway.

From far the away, the Governor's mansion looks in pretty good shape but up close that’s a different story.

“There 5 windows over here and all 20 windows on the 3rd level are in the process of being renovated,” says Steve Chia of Ryan Companies.

Inside, the kitchen, living room and bedrooms all had to be redone.

Last July the home tested for high levels of toxic mold. Over the years, leaky windows and ceilings were a breeding ground for fungus.

The Branstad’s eventually had to move for a few months, so repairs could be made.

First lady Chris Branstad, says “We made due and we had a place to live so that was fine but coming back it was very nice to move into this.”

The Governor’s mansion was renovated several years ago but this project was the most extensive and costly.

Total renovation cost $4.2 million, paid for primarily with tax dollars.

According to those who manage the states constructions projects, this project could have cost less if taken care of a few years ago.

“It’s a project that would have been done for a fraction of the cost ends up being substantially more, “says Caleb Hunter, Communications Director of the Department of Administrative Services.

There is still some painting to be done on the outside of the building. That will be completed in the spring.



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