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New damage estimate for fire at GEF1 building in Madison is $15 million

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Administration(DOA) says damage at the state GEF1 building in downtown Madison is now estimated at approximately $15 million, based on conversations with the state's insurance provider.

The new estimate is drastically higher than the Madison Fire Department's initial estimate of $350,000, and the DOA says this new, larger estimate could change as repairs continue.

The DOA says state employees who worked in GEF1 should be able to start reoccupying the building around early August and the vast majority of the buildings workers will be back in by the end of August. Some areas of the fourth floor may not be ready by that time.

The building houses employees for the state Department of Workforce Development and Department of Children and Families.

The latest estimate for damage is based on removing smoke-damaged materials throughout the building, cleaning and restoration documents and files, relocating employees to temporary sites, repairing and cleaning the building's HVAC system, and repairing damaged areas of the fourth floor, which includes carpet, ceiling, windows, office equipment and furniture.

The state's self-funded property insurance program requires the state to pay the first $3 million per incident, while insurance covers damage above that amount.

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