DES begins rulemaking to limit use of unmanned aircraft systems on Capitol Campus and other DES-owned properties 

For the purpose of protecting public safety, the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) plans to develop rules that will mostly prohibit the use of unmanned aircraft systems, including drones, on the 486-acre Capitol Campus in Olympia, satellite campuses in Lacey and Tumwater, and other DES-owned properties in in Cowlitz, King, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston and Yakima counties.

Before drafting a rule, DES is seeking public input.

"March for Life" rally to draw thousands to capitol Jan. 20

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for the 2015 "March for Life" rally.

The rally is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the north steps of the Legislative Building.

Due to the large number of participants, the rally will take up most of the space between the Legislative Building and the Temple of Justice. View the Capitol Campus map.

Governor's Mansion holiday tours available in December

Reservations required for free visit to popular, historic home

OLYMPIA – Holiday tours of the Governor’s Mansion are again being offered during the upcoming holiday season.

The tours are being offered on Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Morning and afternoon times are available.

Reservations are required.

The Georgian-style mansion is located on a bluff overlooking Capitol Lake, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Constructed in 1908, the mansion is the oldest building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

Closure of campus building begins Feb. 28

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is moving out of the 1063 building, also known as the Capitol Park Building, on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1.

A moving truck will be parked along the westbound lane of 11th Avenue, next to the building, off and on throughout both days. The Department of Enterprise Services will have a flagger on site to direct traffic around the movers.

Enterprise Services to cut Campus water use 22 percent

Statewide drought emergency prompts new water saving measures

Since 2007, the Department of Enterprise Services has cut annual water use in the buildings and on the grounds of the Capitol Campus by 34 percent – from about 44 million gallons in 2007 to an estimated 29 million gallons in 2014.

Small void forms in west campus lawn, DES to investigate

Department of Enterprise Services (DES) grounds staff discovered a void – an area where the surface layer has collapsed – in the west Capitol Campus lawn on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Puget SoundCorps crew to pull invasive weeds from campus grounds in February

Throughout February, a five-person crew will remove ivy and other invasive plants from the hillsides above Heritage Park and in Centennial Park.

Both areas are owned by the state and maintained by the Department of Enterprise Services. The project is part of a multi-year effort by Enterprise Services to monitor and manage the stability of the west Capitol Campus hillsides above Heritage Park.

Protesters plan to rally at Legislative Building later today

Up to 100 people are planning to rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building at about 3 p.m. this afternoon to protest a decision by local authorities not to dismiss charges against two men shot by Olympia police May 21.

The Department of Enterprise Services, which manages public events and activities on the Capitol Campus, said the protesters plan to move from the steps into the Capitol rotunda during the event.

Gun owners to rally in the Legislative Building Feb. 7

A group of gun owners is expected to hold a rally in the Legislative Building on Saturday, Feb. 7 to protest the Legislature's decision to prohibit openly carried firearms in the fourth-floor galleries overlooking the House and Senate chambers.

The group is expected to arrive at the Legislative Building around 10 a.m., according to a media release issued this week by the groups organizing the event.

Repairs to limit access to Old Capitol Building

Rainwater has been seeping into the Old Capitol Building, the castle-like building facing Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia, damaging interior plaster, windows and the sandstone exterior.

Work begins the week of March 2 on an $860,000 project that will address some but not all of the water intrusion problems in the Romanesque Revival-style building, which is the headquarters for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.