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Artist rendering of Child Care Center

Capitol Childcare Center

Status: Operator selection underway, sign up for operator updates here.

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. 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 began work on playground improvements in June. Work is largely complete, with the exception of installing rubber tiles.  

DES is in the process negotiating a contract to operate the new childcare center. Negotiations with the original Apparent Successful Bidder (ASB) were halted after the ASB determined they would be unable to provide adequate staffing and withdrew their bid. Fortunately, there were other responsive bidders in DES’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for an operator. DES is conducting contract negotiations with the next ranked vendor.

Next steps will take place over the coming months and include: Once a contract is signed, the operator will hire a facility director, set up classrooms, and submit a licensing application to the  Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), which can take up to 90 days after submittal.

Work to determine an opening date will begin after a contract is in place.

Parents interested in enrolling their children are encouraged to sign up for email updates to be alerted when a waiting list for admission has been established.

Capitol Childcare Center features

The center was 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 features:

  • Six classrooms
  • A nature-based learning playground for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • A light-duty commercial kitchen
  • 14 drop-off only parking stalls
  • 198 solar panels, each producing 440 watts of energy for a total of 87 kilowatts.  View photos here.

There are also multiple points of pedestrian access to ease traffic impacts on Maple Park.

View photos of the Capitol Childcare Center site here

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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