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State seeks input on proposed campus building at Oct. 30 open house


The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) will conduct an open house on Thursday, Oct. 30 to gather input from the public regarding how the proposed 1063 Block Replacement Project – a new high-performance, five-story state office building slated to be constructed on the northwest corner of 11th Avenue and Capitol Way in Olympia – can best serve the community.

If the 2015 Legislature approves final funding for the Capitol Campus project, the new high-performance building will replace the current office structure and parking garage currently occupying the block. The 2013 Legislature appropriated $13 million for the design of the new building. Lawmakers still need approve another estimated $70 million for demolition of the existing structures and to construct the new building.

DES, which oversees Capitol Campus construction projects, will gather public input on exterior components of the proposed building design, with special emphasis on amenities that would benefit the public such as:

  • Building and site integration of Capitol Campus and city of Olympia
  • Public plazas
  • Opportunities for art
  • Landscaping and paving
  • Seating and sidewalks
  • Bicycle parking

DES staff and representatives from the successful design-build team of Sellen/ZGF of Seattle will be on hand to facilitate small group discussions on design details.

The 1063 Block Replacement Project – initiated by the 2013 Washington Legislature – calls for the demolition of the existing state-owned building at 1063 S. Capitol Way and the parking garage to the west of it. Enterprise Services plans to replace the current structures with a new 220,000-square foot office building. The term "high-performance building" means one that integrates and optimizes energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance and occupant productivity.

What: 1063 Block Replacement Project open house

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30, 2014

Where: Presentation room, 1500 Jefferson Street building

The 1500 Jefferson Street building is located between 14th Ave. and Maple Park Ave. in Olympia, just south of the roundabout.

For more information or to submit a comment or question, visit the project website.