CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead and Wyoming legislative leaders say the restoration of the state Capitol in Cheyenne should include recreating a grand room that originally held the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Voting at a meeting Monday in Cheyenne as the Capitol Building Restoration Oversight Group, the panel endorsed restoring the original courtroom space to serve as a meeting room. The space is currently divided into two levels on the second and third floor of the Capitol and until recently held the staff of the Legislative Service Office.

Mead and lawmakers say restoring the courtroom space will provide an impressive meeting room for legislative hearings and other functions.

A consultant says construction work on the $300 million Capitol restoration project could start as soon as next spring and last until late 2018.