Olympia Fire Department to train on campus Sept. 23, 25 and 30

Firefighters from the Olympia Fire Department (OFD) will be training on top of and inside the Plaza Garage, the underground parking structure on the east Capitol Campus, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 23, 25 and 30.

The training will help familiarize firefighters with the locations of fire alarm panels, standpipe connections, stairwells and other structural elements of the parking garage. Being familiar with the garage helps firefighters develop tactics and strategies for dealing with emergencies there.

Heat, hot water disruptions to affect some campus buildings on Oct. 4

On Sunday, Oct 4, heat and hot water will be disrupted in seven buildings on the Capitol Campus from about 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. so the Department of Enterprise Services can repair a leak in the underground steam system.

Affected buildings include:

Campus cherry trees to be treated for pest Oct. 8

A local landscape pest management and tree care company will treat 24 Kwanzan cherry trees along Cherry Lane on the Capitol Campus tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 8, to control cherry bark tortrix – an invasive insect pest.

The work involves targeting pesticide spraying and will be done between 6 and 8 a.m. but is weather dependent. Treatment won't be done if it rains or there is enough wind to cause the pesticide to drift from treated areas.

Washington State Building Code Council updates state codes

Updated state building codes that protect health and safety, such as the latest standards for making buildings more resilient during earthquakes, have been adopted by the Washington State Building Code Council. The updates take effect July 1, 2016.

Building codes ensure structures are built and maintained, not only in ways that help withstand earthquakes, but also to:

More than 14,000 state employees successfully complete contract and procurement training

Partnerships vital to successful effort

This is what success looks like: Some 14,000 state employees completed more than 36,700 required contract and procurement training courses between January 2015 and October 2015.

Thank you for your part in supporting and participating in this monumental effort.

Three Veterans Day ceremonies planned for Capitol Campus

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued permits for three Veterans Day ceremonies that will be held on the Capitol Campus Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Gun rights rally at the Capitol on Jan. 15

The Department of Enterprise Services has issued a permit for a “Gun Rights” rally to be held near the Legislative Building on Friday, Jan. 15.

The rally will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

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

Many participants are expected to openly carry firearms, as is allowed under state law. There is no prohibition against carrying weapons on the capitol grounds.

Drilling begins to tap renewable energy source, build solid foundation

Drilling begins to tap renewable energy source, build solid foundation

Demolition is done and concrete crushing complete.

The 1063 Block Replacement Project team is ready to begin installation of the new building's structural foundation and geothermal heating system.

Trees to come out at 1063 construction site Dec. 14-16

Landscape plan for new building includes replacement trees and natives plants

A private tree care company – Arbor Care Tree Service – will remove 13 trees from the perimeter of the 1063 Block Replacement construction site on Dec. 14-16.

One tree – a northern red oak on the southeast side of the construction site – will be preserved.

The tree removal will cause some minor traffic impacts. The southbound lane of Capitol Way – the one next to the construction site – will be closed all day on Monday, Dec. 14.

1063 Project power pole relocation work to cause electrical outage, impact traffic and parking Jan. 13-15

A Puget Sound Energy power pole located on the 1063 Project construction site and near the intersection of Columbia Street and Union Avenue must be removed. The pole is in the way of the construction work.

Two new poles will be erected along Columbia Street to replace the one being removed.

The work will require a power outage from 8 p. m. Thursday, Jan. 14 to 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, affecting the traffic light at the intersection of Capitol Way and Union Avenue.