Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) Global Environmental Review Update

DES completes global environmental review for Legislative Campus Modernization

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DES has completed an environmental review for the Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) Global program, which will govern a series of actions on a segment of the West Capitol Campus. The environmental review is called a non-project, or "programmatic," State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist.

DES issued a mitigated determination of non-significance (MDNS). An MDNS is issued when the lead agency has determined that there are significant impacts, but that specific and enforceable mitigation measures will successfully reduce the impacts to a non-significant level.

This environmental review studied the cumulative impacts of planned actions including updates to the cultural and historic character and composition on West Capitol Campus. It also studied the cumulative impacts related to three specific construction projects that will replace the Newhouse Building and renovate the Pritchard and O'Brien buildings.

To address cumulative impacts DES plans mitigation measures that include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing recorded oral histories of the campus
  • Expanding self-guided walking tours and associated guide materials
  • Designing and installing interpretive signage that emphasizes historic and cultural resources
  • Training for Capitol Campus tour guides
  • Community events to celebrate the historic significance of West Capitol Campus

DES will work with program stakeholders including the LCM Landscape Peer Review Panel, state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, historic preservation organizations, other interested parties, and jurisdictional agencies to design and implement mitigation measures to preserve the history of the Capitol Campus.

The MDNS was issued following a 30-day comment period on the environmental review.

View LCM Non-Project environmental review documents

Background on the LCM Project

LCM involves a set of subprojects, including the removal and replacement of the Irving R. Newhouse Building, expansion of the Joel M. Pritchard Building, and an interior renovation of the John L. O'Brien Building's third and fourth floors.

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