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DES seeks comment on draft environmental review of Newhouse Building Replacement Project



Olympia - The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is seeking comments through Sept. 16, 2022 on a draft environmental review for the Newhouse Building Replacement Project, which is part of Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM). 

Project description

This prject will replace the Irving R. Newhouse (Newhouse) Building located at 215 Sid Snyder Ave. on the West Capitol Campus. The existing building has significant health and life safety hazards. Learn more about the LCM Newhouse Replacement Project.

View Newhouse Replacement Project environmental review documents 

The draft environmental review is called a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist.

See the Newhouse Replacement Project SEPA Checklist 

See the Newhouse Replacement Project Threshold Determination 

Printed copies are available for viewing at DES Visitor Services in the Legislative Building, 416 Sid Snyder Ave. SW., and at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE.


Comment online


Mail to:

          Department of Enterprise Services

          LCM Newhouse SEPA Checklist, Attn: Clarissa Easton

          1500 Jefferson Way, Suite 3050

          Olympia, Washington 98501

Comments mailed to DES must be post marked no later than Sept. 16, 2022.

Background on the LCM Project

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

DES is also seeking comment on an environmental review for LCM that studies cumulative impacts of the building projects as well as the LCM Global project. LCM Global removes the Visitor Center and Press House structures, replaces the adjacent parking lot and closes Water Street Southwest. Road access would be limited to staff vehicles only. Comments on the LCM Non-Project environmental review are due Sept. 19.

More information

LCM environmental review web page

Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) project web page

Learn more about SEPA

If you have additional questions regarding LCM and the SEPA process, e-mail