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Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Monday, March 18

OLYMPIA — Biofertilizer will be applied to Kwanzan cherry trees along Cherry Lane on West Capitol Campus on Monday, March 18, from 6 to 9 a.m. The work, originally scheduled for February, was postponed due to inclement weather. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Wolbert's Plant Essentials for the work, which aims to improve tree health.

The contractor also will treat the historic Bush butternut tree on West Campus to control butternut blister mites, which are affecting the tree.  

Large mosaic mural to move to new Capitol Campus location on Saturday


Picture of the mural

OLYMPIA – Crews have been gearing up to move a 28,000-pound mural from the mothballed General Administration Building to the new Helen Sommers Building, and expect to roll it into its new home on Feb. 23.

Work to clean parking garages will take place over the next few weekends

Work to clean parking garages on the Capitol Campus will take place on the weekends between Jan. 26 and Feb. 9. Parkers, visitors and nearby residents may hear noise related to Enterprise Services employees operating a small street sweeper and debris blowers. Some employee parking may be temporarily impacted during the cleaning. Most of the work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m.

Tree removal work scheduled for East Capitol Campus on Jan. 8 and 12

OLYMPIA — Tree work, including removal of several dead trees and limbs that pose potential safety hazards, is scheduled this month on the East Capitol Campus. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Timm’s Tree Care of Olympia for the effort. 

West Campus tree safety alert: Restricted pedestrian access near Norway maple trees on the Great Lawn of the Capitol Campus

OLYMPIA – The Department of Enterprise Services is restricting pedestrian access near two large Norway maple trees on West Capitol Campus. The trees are on the Great Lawn near the World War II memorial and the Sunken Garden.

The trees are experiencing health issues and are supported by cables and scaffolding. People are asked to avoid the areas around and below the trees, which are roped off and marked by A-frame sidewalk barricades. The restriction is expected to last until year’s end, at a minimum.

Damaged tree scheduled for removal from Sylvester Park

A swamp white oak tree in Sylvester Park

OLYMPIA — A damaged swamp white oak tree that poses safety hazards for park users as well as pedestrians along Legion Way Southeast is scheduled for removal from Sylvester Park on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Holiday Kids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony set for Dec. 7

OLYMPIA— Preparations are underway for the state holiday tree, the evergreen that adorns the Capitol Building rotunda each year, to arrive on the Capitol Campus and receive its customary decorations.

For the third year in a row, the Weyerhaeuser Company is donating the tree. The 25-foot Noble fir will make its formal public debut with the traditional lighting ceremony in the rotunda at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

Tree work scheduled on Capitol Campus Dec. 3

OLYMPIA — Treatments will be done to improve tree health along Cherry Lane on Dec. 3. 

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services has contracted with Wolbert’s Plant Essentials of Olympia for the effort.

A root treatment will be applied to the Kwanzan cherry trees on both sides of Cherry Lane on west campus. The treatment helps prevent root disease and provides micronutrients for improved tree health.

There will be no traffic or pedestrian impacts during the work.

Utility improvement project to repair utility infrastructure continues on West Capitol Campus

Work to replace sewer pipes on the West Capitol Campus continues the week of Nov. 19 and is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 7. The utility infrastructure on the Capitol Campus is old and in need of repair to ensure reliable service on the campus for decades to come. This project is part of a long-term plan to improve utility infrastructure campus-wide.

Pedestrians will use detours on East Capitol Campus Nov. 14-16

Some pedestrian walkways will be closed on the East Capitol Plaza Wednesday, Nov. 14 – Friday, Nov. 16, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m., near the Department of Transportation and Employment Security buildings so work can be done to inspect the waterproofing materials meant to prevent water infiltration into the Plaza Garage. Pedestrian detours will be open to parkers using the garage stairs or elevators in towers 1 and 2. Vehicle traffic will not be impacted.