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Current Projects

Roof Replacement Project

An aged roof is being replaced on the Cherberg Building this summer. The project began in July and is expected to last through mid-October.

The replacement will alleviate chronic leaks in the Cherberg Building. Work will improve roof drainage, remove obsolete heating/ventilation/cooling equipment, replace some skylights, replace the roof membrane, add insulation and bring other items up to current building code. The Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Oak Hill Construction of Algona to perform the work. There will be noise, pedestrian, parking and traffic impacts. In general, work will occur between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. There may be extended work hours during some portions of the project. There is a staging on the south side of the building.

Work the week of October 14, 2019

  • Work to demolish the old roof membrane and insulation and install the new membrane and insulation is continuing.
  • The most significant noise impacts will begin early in the morning and end for the day at approximately 9 a.m.

Safety & Mitigation

Several steps will be taken to ensure safety and mitigate impacts throughout the project:

  • Work that will create noise impacts will be done early in the morning through 9 a.m. and late in the afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m. to bring predictability and minimize the effect on employees.

  • For safety, flaggers will be in place to direct traffic.
  • Pedestrian protection will be placed over the Cherberg Building entrance, as the scaffolding will be close to the entrance.
  • When skylights are removed, the contractor will take measures to protect people and office equipment below.
  • Some public and assigned parking stalls are closed for use.

An overhead shot of the building that shows the laydown area and scaffolding location.

Contact: Project Coordinator Hamed Khalili, Hamed.Khalili@des.wa.gov, (360) 407-7979.

Past Projects

Exterior Wall Sealant

In May, 2018 a leak in the basement wall where the video studio is located reappeared. In 2017, the leak was sealed from within the building to minimize disruption during the legislative session. Enterprise Services excavated soil from the wall and sealed the leak.

Historic Buildings Exterior Repairs Project

2017 - The West Campus Historic Buildings Exterior Repairs project included repair and preservation work on the Cherberg, Legislative, Temple of Justice, Insurance, Pritchard and O’Brien buildings. Project work included a condition assessment, preservation plan, and design and construction for repairs to the buildings. The work also included cleaning, needed to detect masonry defects and repair needs.

Water Leaks

  • In late 2016, an emergency repair with a construction cost of $60,000 was conducted to fix a water leak that resulted in moderately-high volumes of water entering the building's basement.
  • In March, 2017, Enterprise Services repaired a new and chronic leak that materialized during wet weather in March when a roof drain seal began to fail.
  • Enterprise Services completed repairs to several leaks at the Cherberg Building, in May and June of 2017. Most of these repairs were focused on the building's roof or the roof-level mechanical equipment room. This included masonry repairs at the weather facing west wall and weatherization improvements to an air intake. Additionally two water infiltration repairs were completed at exterior wall of the basement. The total construction cost of these repairs was approximately $58,000 and included a small roof repair at the O’Brien building roof.
  • Learn more about steps Enterprise Services is taking to address water leaks< in state-owned buildings.

Other past projects

  • The building underwent significant seismic upgrades following the earthquakes of 1949 and 1965.
  • Mid-1980s – Upgraded and renovated all floors, improved ADA access, and added a modern elevator.
  • 1985 - The building's name was changed in honor of Washington State's 13th Lieutenant Governor, John A. Cherberg, who served for 32 years from 1957 to 1989.
  • 2002 – Numerous repairs due to the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. Major basement renovation to reconfigure existing offices and relocate the bathroom facilities from the southeast side to the northeast corner.
  • 2005 - Major building rehabilitation.
  • 2007- Mechanical and electrical rehabilitation.

Building History

The John A. Cherberg Building was one of six government buildings envisioned in the 1911 Capitol Master Plan. Construction began in 1935 and was completed in 1937. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

The 100,377 square-foot, four-story building was originally known as the "Public Lands and Social Security Building." Its placement and conceptual designed followed the plans of capitol architects Wilder and White. The building was designed by Olympia architect Joseph Wohleb.

Federal Public Works Administration funds were used to finance construction, which began during the Depression and was completed in 1937. Numerous alterations to the building were made beginning in the 1950s, with continual turnover of tenant agencies. In the 1960s the state Senate began to use the upper floors for offices. In 1984 and 1988, the first floors were significantly remodeled to create public hearing rooms, and in 1984 the building was renamed to honor John A. Cherberg, the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Washington from 1957 to 1989, which is longer than any other lieutenant governor in state history.

A nearly $34 million project was completed in 2006 that modernized the building. The project overhauled the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, corrected life-safety code deficiencies, strengthened seismic resistance, realigned offices and improved space use of the upper three floors, and installed new technology.