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.

One-time drone use authorized on Capitol Campus June 9

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) has approved use of a drone on Wednesday, June 9, to perform 3-D mapping of Capitol Campus buildings and to help assess ongoing construction work and building facility conditions.

DEI Speaker Series Continues

Through a partnership with Humanities Washington, the Department of Enterprise Services DEI Council will present the second in their lunch and learn series, "Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society," June 22 from noon to 1 p.m.

Join Professor Anu Taranath to untangle the meaning of hair and better understand the stories we tell about beauty, bias and belonging.

Register for the event.


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.

Water quality sampling to occur on Capitol Lake May 25


A small boat will ply Capitol Lake waters on May 25 to collect water quality samples. 

The Department of Enterprise Services will follow the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife New Zealand mudsnail decontamination procedures following the work. New Zealand mudsnails are an invasive species. The lake is generally closed to boating, fishing and other uses because of the danger of spreading the destructive snails to other waters.

New DEI Speaker Series

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, in partnership with Humanities Washington, has developed a new DEI Speaker Series. These events are free and open to all state employees and the general public, but pre-registration is required. The session topics are intended to offer new perspectives and encourage diversity of thought as DES dives into topics surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion.

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.

Chris Liu retiring as DES Director

After 20 years of state service, Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Director Chris Liu has announced he will retire effective June 1.

“I want to thank Chris for 20 years of leadership in state government. Chris has been a valuable member of my cabinet since the start of our administration. The positive impact of his leadership on delivering public services across the enterprise will ripple throughout state government for years to come. I wish Chris all the best in a well-deserved retirement,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.