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Legislative Building reopens to public July 1

After more than a year, the Legislative Building, commonly referred to as the Capitol Building, is scheduled to reopen to the public July 1. It has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Visiting the campus this weekend? Here’s what you need to know

The state Capitol Campus is popular destination over Memorial Day weekend, with people visiting numerous memorialsDespite the pandemic, 2021 is expected to be no different.

Clarissa Easton named LCM Project Director

Clarissa Easton has joined the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) as Project Director for Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM), a multi-phased project on the Capitol Campus that includes replacing the Irving R. Newhouse Building, replacing or renovating the Joel M. Pritchard Building, and renovating the third and fourth floors of the John L. O'Brien Building.

Capitol Lake Pedestrian Bridge temporary closure on May 5

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) will temporarily close the Capitol Lake Pedestrian Bridge near Marathon Park on Wednesday, May 5 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. to repair damaged decking boards.

Three decking boards were damaged by vandalism that occurred the night of May 2. The bridge will remain open to the public until the repair begins on May 5. The impacted area has been covered and sectioned off for pedestrian safety. Signs are posted on each end of the bridge to alert visitors of the upcoming repair and temporary closure.

Restricted area on West Capitol Campus no longer in place; fence to be removed

OLYMPIA – An order restricting access to portions of West Capitol Campus since January is no longer in place, and that means fencing surrounding the area will come down. Removal work is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

New parking hours going into effect along Deschutes Parkway this week

DES implementing changes after adopting updates to Capitol Campus parking rules

Following a process to adopt enforceable restrictions on parking on the Capitol Campus, with an emphasis on Deschutes Parkway, the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is implementing changes to parking hours for Deschutes Parkway.

Parking will not be allowed between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. along paved areas of the roadway. A grass and gravel area along Percival Creek will remain closed to parking.

Next steps

Black History Project: New marker on Capitol Campus to honor contributions of Bush family

George Bush was the first Black pioneer in Washington Territory; his son Owen was the state's first Black legislator

OLYMPIA - A new monument honoring the legacy of Black pioneer George Bush and his family is coming to the Olympia Capitol Campus.

DES preparing for possible Capitol Campus snow and ice

The National Weather Service has issued an alert for an inclement weather pattern moving into the area beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, that will most likely bring snow and icy roads to the campus and surrounding area.

Response

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is activating the Buildings and Grounds Incident Command Post (ICP) to prioritize needs and deploy snow and ice response teams.

Highlights:

Campus security measures to remain in place

Capitol Campus security measures have been extended, including a restricted area on the West Campus.

DES Safety Alert: Capitol Campus security measures remain in place

Capitol Campus security measures remain in place through Inauguration Day (Jan. 20) due to evolving intelligence on security threats posed in all 50 state capitols following the violence in our nation’s capitol, as well as recent illegal and dangerous actions associated with non-permitted events on our state’s Capitol Campus. 

The Washington National Guard will continue to support the security focused efforts of the Washington State Patrol and the temporary fencing that has been placed around the restricted area of the West Campus described below will remain.  

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