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Artist rendering of Child Care Center

Capitol Childcare Center

Status: Work scheduled for completion in 2021

DES is overseeing a project that will house an additional childcare center in Olympia to serve state workers. Located on the corner of Maple Park Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way South, the future single-story, 9,600 square-foot building will become the southern gateway to the Capitol Campus. The Legislature funded the $10 million project in 2019. Construction began in June 2020 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The center is being built with an eco-friendly design that focuses on conserving resources, ensuring air and water quality and reducing waste. Ultimately, this project has added 37 new trees to the Capitol Campus. The mix of deciduous and flowering species are in addition to the 200 new trees planted on the Campus in association with a National Association of State Foresters Centennial Challenge. 

The center will feature:

  • Six classrooms
  • A nature-based learning playground for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • A light-duty commercial kitchen
  • 14 drop-off only parking stalls

Once complete, there will be multiple points of pedestrian access to ease traffic impacts on Maple Park.

The new childcare center does not replace the existing Capitol Campus Child Care Center on Perry Street (5 Cs), which will continue to operate at that location.

Latest updates

DES is overseeing a project to install solar panels on the building. This project will make the new childcare center a Net-Zero building. Crews are installing 198 panels and each panel will produce 440 watts of energy for a total of 87 kilowatts. 

Construction work on the building is nearing completion, and the process to hire an operator for the center is moving forward.

DES is overseeing construction as well as the process to hire an operator for the new center.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from the childcare provider community in order to select an operator closed June 30. Next steps include selecting an apparent successful bidder and signing a contract. Parents interested in enrolling their children will be updated when the contract is in place.

Update Description
Sept. 2021
  • Solar panel installation is nearing completion. View photos here
  • The process to transfer the building from the contractor to the state is underway
  • Contractor continues to work on minor items
  • Interior furnishings will arrive later this year

Roof construction used sustainable timber options

The roof of the new Capitol Childcare Center is made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (GLT). Both CLT and GLT are engineered wood products manufactured in the Northwest using trees that in the past have not been economical to harvest, including small Douglas fir, Western hemlock and other trees that have diameters as small as 4 inches -- including dead trees. The wood used for the childcare center is Douglas fir.

Using CLT and GLT in construction offers both design flexibility and lower environmental impacts. While CLT is used as for static panels, GLT offers more flexibility for different shapes. The center’s roof panelling is made of CLT while the beams and columns are GLT.  In 2017, DES oversaw a pilot project to build 20 elementary school classrooms in five Washington school districts.

See a time-lapse video of the childcare center roof installation.

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