By June 1999, the budget for the building had increased to $181 million.
In April of 2000 legislators imposed a $324 million ”cap on costs” and by November 2001 they demanded an estimate ”final cost” of $400 million.
That estimated final cost then rose twice in 2002, ending the year at $489 million. It then rose three more times in 2003, reaching $624 million by June.
In 2004 the building was finally completed at an ultimate cost of roughly $716 million, more than 10 times as expensive as the initial estimation. [Read more...]