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.

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.

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.

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

Restricted area on Capitol Campus modified to allow pedestrian access

OLYMPIA - Starting today, a restricted area on West Capitol Campus has been modified to allow pedestrian access from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The area remains closed to vehicle access.

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.


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.