Baker graduate restores Colorado’s Capitol Building

Lance is an architect for the State of Colorado, his wife Jackie is a nurse. They have a daughter (Selma) going to college in Laramie, WY and a son Lane a senior in High School

By Shannon Johnson

   Lance Shepherd, a 1975 Baker High School graduate, has found himself working for the State of Colorado as the Capitol Complex Architects Manager. Lance lives in Colorado with his wife Jackie and his son Lane. They also have a daughter, Selma, who currently attends college in Laramie, Wyoming

   Lance graduated from Montana State University in 1985 with a master’s degree in architecture, a career that his love for historical architecture led him to pursue. Before working for the State government in Colorado he worked in the casino industry.

   The Colorado State Capitol building was one of Colorado’s most endangered historic buildings according to the Colorado Preservation Inc. Some of the projects that Lance has been involved in to restore and preserve

over the past two years were the restoration of the old Supreme Court chambers, restoration of the House committee rooms, restoration of the roof, gutters, skylights, and chimney caps, and phases one through three of the restoration of the stone and windows.

   Lance and his team have numerous upcoming projects over the next decade. They will be working on re-plumbing and upgrading usable space in the sub-basement, interior dome repainting, rehabilitating the governor’s office, and master planning with the Legislature for expansion of office space, HVAC, and electrical systems, and communication cabling.

  Lance is the son of Ron and Ramona Shepherd of Baker, MT.


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