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State to add thousands of plants, new stormwater system near Capitol to protect Puget Sound

Starting Wednesday, Dec. 3, contractors hired by the Department of Enterprise Services will plant more than 3,000 shrubs and trees near the Legislative Building.

Contractors will also finish installing a new, cutting-edge stormwater management system to reduce polluted surface water runoff that washes into Capitol Lake and Puget Sound.

No heat, hot water in campus buildings on Dec. 21

Most Capitol Campus buildings will be without heat or hot water from about 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 while the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) repairs a leak in the underground steam system.

The affected buildings include:

New college fisheries building in Bellingham nets two awards

OLYMPIA — The Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, a new academic building at Bellingham Technical College (BTC), recently won a Distinguished Project award given by the Northwest Construction Consumer Council. The award was for public projects with budgets of less than $10 million.

This is the second award for the Perry Center project. The Northwest Chapter of the American Institute of Architects selected it for a 2013 Sustainability Award.

Sid Snyder Avenue reopens to public

Crews work on completing final touches

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has reopened Sid Snyder Avenue to the public, providing direct access from the intersection of 14th Avenue S.E. and Capitol Way to the state Legislative Building.

Repairing the roadway and replacing numerous underground utilities in the area have kept the main entrance to the Capitol Campus closed for four months. The $1.9 million project began in August.

Dec. 13 gun rights rally could draw thousands to Capitol Campus

Up to 6,000 people could participate in a rally on the state Capitol grounds in Olympia Saturday, Dec. 13 to express their opposition to Initiative 594, the new law that expands gun purchase background checks to include firearms sales and transfers between private citizens.

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has approved the use of the campus grounds for the "I Will Not Comply" rally from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Tivoli Fountain on the west Capitol Campus.