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Aug. 18 tree removal work to close section of 11th Avenue

The westbound lane of 11th Avenue between Franklin and Washington streets – across the street from the Natural Resources Building – will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 so a contractor can remove three black locust trees.

The locust trees are being removed because branches are growing into overhead power lines and dead branches are hanging over the adjacent sidewalk, posing a safety hazard.

Historic campus building gets gold for going green

OLYMPIA – The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded LEED NC Gold certification for the $50 million renovation of the historic John L. O'Brien Building, the primary office building for the state House of Representatives.

Utility work on Sid Snyder Way continues March 20

On Thursday, March 20, engineers under contract with the Department of Enterprise Services will continue an in-depth survey of underground utilities beneath Sid Snyder Way on the West Capitol Campus.

The work is in preparation for a summertime construction project that will replace old, failing utilities under the road.

Sid Snyder Way will be open to traffic and parking during the work, but drivers can expect some brief delays. Flaggers will be on site to manage traffic.

April 2 ceremony honors state recipients of Medal of Honor

The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting a public ceremony to honor three Washington citizens who are the most recent recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, at 11 a.m., April 2 in the Capitol Rotunda.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter and Army Capt. William D. Swenson earned the Medal of Honor for their extraordinary courage during "Operation Enduring Freedom," the official federal government name for the war in Afghanistan.

No hot water in campus buildings on June 15

There will be no hot water available in most Capitol Campus buildings from about 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15.

The outage is needed so Enterprise Services can repair equipment at the Capitol Campus powerhouse, the building with a large smokestack next to Capitol Lake.

The powerhouse supplies steam and chilled water to most campus buildings, which is used for heating, cooling and hot water.

The hot water outage will not affect the Natural Resources and Transportation buildings.

Popular campus fountain resumes operations May 9

Following routine seasonal maintenance, Tivoli Fountain, the ornamental water feature on the west Capitol Campus, will be restarted for the 2014 season on Friday, May 9.

The Olympia fountain is a replica of the famous Roman-style fountain located in Tivoli Park, Copenhagen, Denmark – which in turn replicates elements of a famous fountain in Tivoli, Italy. The fountain was donated to the state by the Olympia-Tumwater Foundation and dedicated in April 1953.

Tivoli Fountain holds approximately 25,000 gallons of water during normal operation.

Bike race to close Deschutes Parkway, campus streets May 31

The Capital Stage Race, a three-stage, two-day bike race held in the Olympia area, will close some Capitol Campus roads on Saturday, May 31.

The first stage of the race will close Deschutes Parkway — from near 5th Avenue to the Interstate 5 and State Route 101 interchange — to all vehicle traffic from about 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stormwater project to cause traffic impacts and noise June 16-20

A contractor hired by the Department of Enterprise Services will use truck-mounted video equipment to inspect and clean the 30-year-old underground stormwater drainage system on the east Capitol Campus from Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20.

Cleaning the stormwater system will help keep petroleum products and other pollutants from entering area storm drains and surface water sources that eventually drain to Puget Sound.

Work begins to update and repair campus heating and cooling systems

Work begins this week to repair and update the heating and cooling systems on the Capitol Campus. The projects will improve safety, and provide cost savings in operating the decades-old systems.

The work is not expected to affect people visiting or working in office buildings on the campus.

The projects include:

New Capitol Campus botanical tours now available

Free tours offered Tuesdays and Fridays through September 26

Did you know that the state capitol grounds are home to a tree that has been to the moon? Or that it features a national champion English oak tree that soars more than 108 feet into the air?

You can learn about these trees and more as part of the new Capitol Campus botanical tours offered by the Department of Enterprise Services.

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