Capitol Campus Construction Projects
Capitol Campus Improvement Projects
DES oversees a variety of projects on the Capitol Campus.
Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) (Multi-Phased Project)
Replace the Irving R. Newhouse Building, renovate the Joel M. Pritchard Library, and renovate the third and fourth floors of the John L. O'Brien Building. The project will address space needs of legislative agencies and critical issues within these buildings.
- Irving R. Newhouse project
- Joel M. Pritchard Library project
- LCM Modular Building
- LCM public meetings
- LCM SEPA checklist review
Campus Color Initiative
Adding year-round color to the Capitol Campus by planting a mix of perennials, annuals and wildflowers and maintaining state symbol banners.
Status: Seasonal planting/maintenance underway
Capitol Childcare Center
A new childcare center at the corner of Capitol Way South and Maple Park Avenue Southeast will serve state workers and their families, and also enhance the southern gateway to the Capitol Campus.
Phase: Construction complete
Status: Contract signed with childcare provider, licensing underway
Capitol Court Generator
Improving tenant safety by installing a new generator that will provide backup power to the building in the event of a power outage.
Capitol Lake Dam Repairs
Repairs and preventative maintenance on the Capitol Lake Dam to address aging infrastructure, equipment, and safety and security concerns.
Distributed Antenna System (DAS)
Improving public safety and security in the Columbia, Plaza, Natural Resources Building and Transportation parking garages by enhancing cellular networks and making an important step toward improved support for other systems that require cell phone connection such as EV chargers, automated key boxes and mapping.
Status: Underway; Map of parking garage work areas updated monthly
Elevator Modernization (Multi-Phased Project)
An ongoing program to modernize elevators on the Capitol Campus that is taking place over multiple biennia. Work on different elevators is funded each biennium.
21-23 Biennium: Temple of Justice, Capitol Court, and Isabella Bush ADA Lift
Landslide Repair on Powerhouse Hillside
Repairs and erosion control to the hillside near the Powerhouse will address landslide damage caused by heavy rains and help prevent future damage.
Temple of Justice Systems Renewal: HVAC, Lighting, Plumbing and Security Improvements
Replacement of aging HVAC system, building plumbing system, and lighting and controls throughout the building.
Status: Design anticipated for completion March 2022
Campus-Wide Electrical Service Panels Arc Flash Study
Risk assessment of electrical panels throughout the campus and at other DES-managed properties. This study led to new standardized panel labeling, provided safety awareness training for personnel accessing these panels, and identified appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Capitol Campus Utility Renewal Plan – 15th Avenue Water Main
New water main was installed along 15th Avenue and Water Street. This waterline connects to the Olympia city water system and increases available fire flow and water pressure in historic buildings.
Cherberg Building Exterior Repair
Exterior cleaning, minor masonry repair and water leak prevention.
Building Exterior Repairs to Address Water Leaks: Capitol Court
Exterior cleaning and major masonry repairs to the Capitol Court building.
East Plaza Water Infiltration and Elevator Repairs: Phase 5b (Multi-Phased Project)
Improvement plan that takes place over multiple biennia for repairs to the East Plaza Parking Garage. Work funded 1997-2019 is complete and includes the replacement of the OB2 waterproof membrane, landscaping, and upgrades to the garage and 14th Avenue tunnel.
Legislative Building Exterior Preservation Cleaning (2019-21 Roof Repairs)
Roof repairs to address many observed water leaks throughout the Legislative Building, including the building’s four mini-domes and fourth-floor roof parapets.
Legislative Building Exterior Preservation Cleaning (2017-19 Dome Cleaning)
Cleaning and masonry repairs to the Legislative Building’s dome and the building’s exterior above the plaza level.
Old Capitol Building Flue Pipe Replacement and Underground Storage Tank Replacement
Removal and replacement of building's flue pipe and underground diesel fuel storage tank.
Roof Replacement: Cherberg and Insurance buildings
Roof replacement projects improved roof drainage, removed obsolete heating/ventilation/cooling equipment, replaced some skylights, replaced the roof membrane and added insulation.