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Noise, traffic related to construction to increase beginning this week

Construction-related noise and traffic will increase beginning Wednesday, Aug.

ADA and Sidewalk Improvement Project Update

This is a status update on the project to improve sidewalks as well as ADA access throughout the Capitol Campus. 

Work this week

New banners that adorn Capitol Campus add color, civic education

OLYMPIA -- Department of Enterprise Services crews today hung new banners that reflect the diversity of eastern and western Washington along the north and south diagonals on the Capitol Campus.

Keith Peterson hangs new banners of state symbols on the Capitol Campus

The designs for the banners were chosen to promote civic education and represent state symbols (state flower, fish, fruit, tree, bird).

Free history lecture series begins July 23 on the Capitol Campus

Learn about local history and its connection to state and national events during a series of upcoming lunch and learn lectures on the Capitol Campus. 

The events, which are sponsored by the Capitol Visitor Services Volunteer Program, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative (Capitol) Building. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch for the events. 

Here are the dates and topics: 

No heat, hot water in most campus buildings during July 20 weekend work on campus powerhouse

OLYMPIA –- The steam system that supports a dozen state office buildings on the Capitol Campus, including the Legislative Building, will be taken off-line at midnight on Saturday, July 20, so that crews can make repairs to the central powerhouse.

During the outage, the buildings will be without heat and hot water. 

The steam system will be turned back on immediately after the repair. Heat and hot water are expected to be available by 8 p.m. Saturday. 

Volunteer tour guides and greeters needed at the Washington State Capitol

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is seeking volunteer tour guides and greeters at the state capitol in Olympia.

Training will be provided. Must be 18 years of age, and willing to commit up to four hours a week.

Recruitment is underway for the following positions:

Spill clean-up work to wind down in Marathon Park, ramp up in Heritage Park as efforts to remove contaminated sediment from Capitol Lake continue

OLYMPIA - Activity related to clean-up from the Olympia Brewery Transformer oil spill will increase in Heritage Park this week and will begin to wind down in Marathon Park.

Marathon Park has been a staging area for work to remove contaminated sediment from Capitol Lake, with the parking lot closed for public use. Spill responders anticipate decommissioning the Marathon Park staging area by the end of next week.

A staging area for the next phase of sediment removal work will be located in Heritage Park. Set up begins today. Impacts will include:

Long-range electric vehicles in Washington state’s fleet surpass 1M miles driven

One million miles driven and counting – that’s the status of the 113 long-range electric vehicles (EVs) in the state fleet managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. It is a milestone reached this month, just over two years after the state introduced long-range EVs into its fleet. Through an initiative in 2015, Governor Jay Inslee directed state agencies to make 20 percent of new passenger vehicle purchases electric by 2017. This year Inslee upped the ante to 50 percent by 2020.

B&G teams spruce up the Capitol Campus for summertime visitors

Workers planting flowers around Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus.

Talk about curb appeal.

In recent weeks, Buildings & Grounds crews have been working hard to spruce up the lawns, landscapes, monuments and other features of the Capitol Campus so that they’ll sparkle for the summer.

Here are some examples of their work.

Surplus Retail Store's Grand Re-opening event generates record sales

People viewing an item at the Surplus Grand Re-opening event.

Hundreds of people attended Washington State Surplus Retail Store’s Grand Re-opening last Saturday (June 15), and they didn’t leave empty handed.

The store reported a record of more than $22,000 in daily sales for June 15. That’s four times the amount of a typical Saturday.

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