Campus Veterans Day ceremonies begin Nov. 10 - 11/08/2016

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for three Veterans Day ceremonies to be held on the Capitol Campus this year.

Construction crane removal to impact traffic Nov. 11-12 - 11/09/2016

On Friday, Nov. 11, both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of Union Avenue, between Capitol Way and Columbia Street, will be closed so workers can dismantle the construction crane at the 1063 Block Replacement Project work site.

While one westbound lane of Union Avenue will remain open, the one nearest the curb, there will be no parking along this street during the crane removal. Work begins around 6:30 a.m. and will take about four hours to complete.

Plaza Garage enhancement project update

The Plaza Garage enhancement project to increase parking and improve navigation continues. This week, work crews will begin evening work restriping the C, B, and A level of the garage. The work is expected to be complete by the end of December.

As the work progresses, employees who use the garage are noticing some changes:

Plaza Garage enhancement project update 

Gun rights rally at north steps of Capitol Building on Sept. 24

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit to a gun rights group for a rally to be held on the north steps of the Legislative (Capitol) Building on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

The event organizers – the Gun Rights Coalition – estimate that up to 200 people will attend.

The group will then have a picnic near the Tivoli Fountain, on the west Capitol Campus, from 1 to 3 p.m.

DES Master Contracts Website Enhancements

Contracts with Diverse Spend

DES has created a search function that will allow customers to search specifically for which Master Contracts offer vendors that are certified Small, Veteran, Minority, Women or Minority and Women owned businesses.

This tool can be located on the Current Statewide Master Contracts, using the contract search tool or by clicking on the 3rd bullet under “Search of view contracts” (see below).

Section of 11th Avenue narrowed to one lane on Oct. 28

The westbound lane of 11th Avenue between Capitol Way and Columbia Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 for a concrete pour at the 1063 Block Replacement Project construction site. This closure was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 but was rescheduled due to the wet weather forecasted that day.

Flaggers and signage will be in place during the lane closure. The traffic impacts should be minimal with delays of a minute or less expected.

Campus cherry trees to be treated for pest Oct. 10

A local landscape pest management and tree care company will treat 23 Kwanzan cherry trees along Cherry Lane and three Mount Fuji cherry trees east of the Insurance Building on Monday, Oct. 10 to control cherry bark tortrix, an invasive insect.

The work will be done between 6 and 7:30 a.m., but is weather dependent. The spraying will not be done if it is raining or there is enough wind to cause the pesticide to drift from the treated areas.

No heat, hot water in most campus buildings Sept. 9-11

Most Capitol Campus buildings will be without hot water or heat from about 6 p.m. Friday, September 9 to about 6 p.m. Sunday, September 11 so that Enterprise Services staff can repair sections of the underground campus steam system.

The affected buildings include:

Free Sept. 10 campus event features tips on sustainable lawn and garden care, live music, food trucks and prizes

A free event called Great Yards Get-Together, featuring information on how to maintain healthy lawns and gardens using environmentally-friendly practices, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Park, next to Capitol Lake, in Olympia.

Free native plants will be given to the first 50 people who visit the Great Yards Get-Together welcome booth.

Landscape experts will be on hand to discuss natural lawn care techniques and answer questions.

Public invited to Sept. 15 discussion about State Capitol Planning

The public is invited to a Sept. 15 meeting to learn about and comment on planning in progress to envision the shape, size and location of future state Capitol Campus development.

The state's planning is focused on two important questions: