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Safety alert: People advised to avoid section of NRB mezzanine and areas near trees on the Capitol Campus


The northeast section of the Natural Resources Building (NRB) Plaza mezzanine has been closed due to icy conditions. Icicles on the NRB terrace pose a risk of falling due to warming temperatures and wind. People are advised to heed signs and stay out of cordoned off areas.

Icicles on trees throughout the Capitol Campus have also been identified as a possible concern.

Please use an abundance of caution in all areas. 

Report concerns

Please report any inclement weather concerns on the campus to 360-725-0000.

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Friday, Feb. 8

OLYMPIA — Biofertilizer will be applied to Kwanzan cherry trees along Cherry Lane on West Capitol Campus on Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 9 a.m.

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Wolbert's Plant Essentials for the work, which aims to improve tree health.

The contractor also will treat the historic Bush butternut tree on West Campus to control butternut blister mites, which are affecting the tree.  

No noise, pedestrian or auto traffic impacts are expected.

Work to clean parking garages will take place over the next few weekends

Work to clean parking garages on the Capitol Campus will take place on the weekends between Jan. 26 and Feb. 9. Parkers, visitors and nearby residents may hear noise related to Enterprise Services employees operating a small street sweeper and debris blowers. Some employee parking may be temporarily impacted during the cleaning. Most of the work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.

Work at GA Building to bring intermittent noise impacts week of Jan. 21

OLYMPIA - There will be intermittent noise impacts as crews remove the portico at the entrance of the General Administration Building the week of Jan. 21. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected.

The portico is being removed by contractor A to B Builders in preparation to move a mural by artist Jean C. Beall from the mothballed GA Building to the Helen Sommers Building across the street. 

Tree removal work scheduled for East Capitol Campus on Jan. 8 and 12

OLYMPIA — Tree work, including removal of several dead trees and limbs that pose potential safety hazards, is scheduled this month on the East Capitol Campus. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Timm’s Tree Care of Olympia for the effort. 

Damaged tree scheduled for removal from Sylvester Park

A swamp white oak tree in Sylvester Park

OLYMPIA — A damaged swamp white oak tree that poses safety hazards for park users as well as pedestrians along Legion Way Southeast is scheduled for removal from Sylvester Park on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Holiday Kids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Dec. 7

OLYMPIA— Preparations are underway for the state holiday tree, the evergreen that adorns the Capitol Building rotunda each year, to arrive on the Capitol Campus and receive its customary decorations.

For the third year in a row, the Weyerhaeuser Company is donating the tree. The 25-foot Noble fir will make its formal public debut with the traditional lighting ceremony in the rotunda at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Let Santa shop at Surplus this year

Inside the Surplus retail store, with furniture, electronics and other items.

Shopping locally this holiday season?

Why not try the Washington State Surplus Operations retail store?

Located at 7511 New Market St. SW, Tumwater, the store is a treasure trove of office supplies, electronics, furniture and other items.

Holiday events to impact Capitol Campus roads and parks over the next two weekends

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services welcomes holiday events to the Capitol Campus over the next two weekends. The events will impact roads and parks surrounding the campus.  

Nov. 25 - Jingle Bell Parade

Deschutes Parkway will be closed for a Jingle Bell Parade on Sunday, Nov. 25. The event permit also includes use of Marathon Park as a parade staging area and Sylvester Park for a tree lighting ceremony, which will occur immediately following the parade. The parade begins at 3 p.m. and ends about 4 p.m.

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Nov. 26

OLYMPIA — Treatments will be done to improve tree health at various Capitol Campus locations on Nov. 26. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Wolbert’s Plant Essentials of Olympia for effort.

A Scotch elm in Sylvester Park will be treated for leaf miners and five large tulip trees near the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice will be treated for aphids. 

Pedestrian impacts