More street closures scheduled near new state office building, project reaches milestone

Both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of Union Avenue in Olympia, between Capitol Way and Columbia Street, will be closed August 30-31, Sept. 1-2 and Sept. 27-28 for underground utility work related to the new state office building being constructed on the block bordered by Capitol Way, 11th Avenue, Union Avenue and Columbia Street.

Construction work to close one lane of Capitol Way on Aug. 8

The southbound lane of Capitol Way between Union and 11th avenues in Olympia and next to the new state office building construction site will be closed from about 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. Flaggers will be on site to help manage traffic.

The lane closure is needed so workers can backfill the space between the shoring and foundation walls of the new office building being built on the block bordered by Capitol Way, 11th Avenue, Union Avenue and Columbia Street.

Annual festival to impact campus streets July 13-17

Capital Lakefair, the 59-year-old event that takes place along the shores of Capitol Lake, begins Wednesday, July 13 and ends Sunday, July 17.

Lakefair requires the temporary closure of several Capitol Campus and Olympia city streets. A couple of the closures begin before and continue after the actual event. Here is a list of street closures during Lakefair:

Brief closure of Jefferson Street near OB2 on July 26

A dry cooler unit located on the roof of Office Building 2, used to cool the information technology room in the building, has failed and needs to be replaced. Replacing the unit requires the use of a large crane, to remove the failed equipment and to lift a new replacement unit onto the roof.

The crane will be delivered to the Jefferson Street side of Office Building 2 at about at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, causing some brief lane closures. Flaggers will be on site to manage traffic during the delivery.

Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary workgroup continues discussion of management options at July 22 meeting

Next community input meeting on July 27. No meetings scheduled in August.

The Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary executive workgroup will hold its next regular monthly meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 22 at the 1500 Jefferson Street building in Olympia.

The meeting topics include:

Divers to inspect Capitol Lake dam July 28-29

A contractor hired by Enterprise Services will be inspecting the Capitol Lake dam on Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29. Divers will inspect the lake side of the dam on Thursday and the Budd Inlet side on Friday.

One amendment to state commercial and residential building codes that will take effect July 1 invalidated

The State Building Code Council is revising one portion of the state residential and commercial building codes that take effect July 1, 2016, because the Thurston County Superior Court invalidated an amendment in both codes that would have allowed the option of not requiring an egress window in a basement sleeping room of a residence if there is another way out of the room and sprinklers are installed.

Bees coming to Capitol Campus starting April 20

On April 20, the Olympia Beekeepers Association will bring approximately 30,000 European honeybees to the Capitol Campus and place them in two hives positioned in the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion.

The bees and hives are being brought to the Capitol Campus by the Olympia Beekeepers Association as part of a collaborative effort with the Department of Enterprise Services.

Community input sought: "What are your priorities for Capitol Lake?"

Reminder: Capitol Lake/Deschutes Estuary workgroup to meet April 22

The Department of Enterprise Services is currently seeking community input on long-term goals and objectives for Capitol Lake. Input can be provided by completing the online survey on the Capitol Lake webpage. This survey will be open until April 28, 2016.

Recurring themes on long-term goals from past input include:

Arbor Day tree planting celebration planned for April 29

A six-foot-tall Western red cedar tree will be planted near the John A. Cherberg Building on Friday, April 29 as part of a National Arbor Day celebration. The celebration event begins at 11:30 a.m. and will end at about noon.

In addition to the tree planting, the celebration will include opening remarks by Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark, the singing of songs by children from the Capitol Campus Child Care Center and a short interactive lesson on the history of Arbor Day.