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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.

Project goes skyward as underground work continues

The 1063 Block Replacement Project has reached another milestone: It has gone vertical.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, concrete was poured for the first of three cores that will eventually span the new building vertically from the ground level to the top of the five-story structure.

Capitol Campus street closures March 28-30

The section of 11th Avenue between Capitol Way and Water Street on the west Capitol Campus will be closed from about 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 28-30 for work at the 1063 Block Replacement Project construction site.

This same area was closed on March 25 for a concrete pour at the construction site. That work went well but some additional closures are needed.

Section of 11th Avenue in Olympia to be closed March 24, 25 and 28 for campus construction work

Section of 11th Avenue in Olympia to be closed March 24, 25 and 28 for campus construction work

A section of 11th Avenue S.W. from Capitol Way to Water Street S.W., on the west side of the GA Building, will be closed from about 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 so crews can pour concrete at the 1063 Block Replacement Project construction site.

Feb. 6 event to bring armed participants to campus

The Department of Enterprise Services has reserved space for a Saturday, Feb. 6 event near the Legislative Building at which participants may be openly carrying firearms, as is allowed under state law.

On their Facebook page, the organizers say the purpose of event is to "stand in prayer and solitude for the loss of" the member of the armed occupation at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon who was killed by Oregon State Police troopers.

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