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The Legislature directed DES to oversee work for Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) to address space needs of legislative agencies and critical issues with the Irving R. Newhouse, Joel M. Pritchard and John L. O'Brien buildings. The project will take place over the next six to seven years. View the proviso language found in Section 1111 of the 2021 Capital Budget, SHB 1080.SL here.
The scope of LCM is comprised of a series of subprojects located on different sites on the West Capitol Campus. In general, the first major step for each project is site analysis and design work. These steps include stakeholder engagement as well as technical studies.
As part of the LCM Newhouse Building Replacement Project, DES will temporarily close Columbia Street between Sid Snyder Avenue Southwest and 15th Avenue Southwest on Aug. 1. It will remain closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic until Dec. 1, 2023.
Locations Impacted: There are no campus buildings in the immediate vicinity of Columbia. This stretch of road runs between the Newhouse Building replacement construction site and the former Visitor Center Parking Lot.
When: Aug. 1 – Dec. 1, 2023
The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is temporarily closing the Pedestrian Bridge that connects the East and West Capitol Campus for safety during construction of the Newhouse Replacement Building that is part of Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM).
Scope and Impact
Where: Pedestrian Bride over Capitol Way between 14th and 15th Avenue.
When: May 15, 2023
We anticipate reopening the bridge in time for the 2025 legislative session.
Why is DES using the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) procedure for the Newhouse replacement project?
The project meets the criteria established in RCW 39.10.340 for use of the GC/CM procedure. The GC/CM procedure accelerates project delivery by hiring a contractor before the start of construction so they can provide feedback during the design phase, including advising on best practices and ways to reduce costs and schedule risks.
What is happening with the press houses (Carlyon House and Ayer House)?
DES will move forward with preparing the site to accommodate Newhouse Building Replacement construction, which includes either the removal or demolition of the Press Houses.
Why was the LCM predesign done, and how were its goals determined?
DES was directed to conduct the Legislative Campus Modernization predesign by the Legislature (ESSB 6248, Section 1027, Chapter 356, Laws of 2020 and ESSB 6095, Section 1035, Chapter 298, Laws of 2018). These legislative provisos identify the goals for the predesign, and appropriate funding for the predesign.
What does the LCM predesign identify for further study?
The Legislative Campus Modernization predesign examines options to replace the Irving R. Newhouse Building, replace or renovate the Joel M. Pritchard Building, and to renovate the third and fourth floors of the John L. O'Brien Building. It examines options to address life-safety concerns as well as issues with safety and security and failing operational systems. The analysis also includes options to maintain or increase the parking capacity of the Capitol Campus, meet net zero energy ready standards and an energy use intensity (EUI) of less than 35, and provide temporary office space during construction.
In addition to providing an alternatives analysis, the LCM predesign identifies design considerations that will require further investigation and analysis. In general, these include:
The LCM predesign builds on a number of planning resources, like the 2017 State Capitol Development Study, which supplement the 2006 Master Plan. Learn more about the State Capitol Master Plan and supplemental planning resources here.
What are the issues with existing buildings?
For more information, contact: DESLCM@des.wa.gov
If you need an accessible version of the Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) Predesign Report, please contact email@example.com at (360) 407-8200.