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Capitol Campus Projects

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Capital Improvement Projects on the Capitol Campus


DES oversees a variety of capital projects on the Capitol Campus. Capital projects help stimulate the economy and support our communities as well as state operating budget revenues. Capital project funds work differently than other parts of the state budget and have funding sources separate from the operating budget.

Active Capital Projects


Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM) (Multi-Phased Project)
Replace the Irving R. Newhouse Building, replace or renovate the Joel M. Pritchard Building, 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.
Phase: Planning 
Status: Ongoing 
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


Building Envelope Repairs: Capitol Court
Exterior cleaning and major masonry repairs to the Capitol Court building.
Phase: Construction
Status: Scheduled for completion summer 2021.
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


Capitol Childcare Center
Construction of a new childcare center at the corner of Capitol Way South and Maple Park Avenue Southeast. This center will serve state workers and their families, and also enhance the southern gateway to the Capitol Campus.
Phase: Construction
Status: Scheduled for completion in 2021. 
Contact: childcarecenter@des.wa.gov


Cleaning of Legislative Buildings (Multi-Phased Project)
Cleaning, preservation and minor repairs to the historic sandstone building exteriors on campus. The intent of this program is to clean one historic building each biennium, to include the Temple of Justice, Legislative, John A. Cherberg, John L O’Brien, Joel M. Pritchard and Insurance buildings.

19-21 Biennium: Insurance Building Exterior Preservation
Phase: Construction
Status: Scheduled for completion spring 2021.
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


East Plaza Water Infiltration and Elevator Repairs (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 replacement of the OB2 waterproof membrane, landscaping, and upgrades to the garage and 14th Avenue tunnel.

19-21 Biennium: Replace the waterproof roofing membrane over the southern end of the parking garage, landscaping and electrical improvements.
Phase: Construction
Status: Ongoing
Contact: eastplaza@des.wa.gov 


Elevator Modernization (Multi-Phased Project)
Ongoing program to modernize elevators on the Capitol Campus that is taking place over multiple biennia. Work on different elevators is funded each biennium. 

19-21 Biennium: Temple of Justice, Capitol Court and Plaza Garage Tower 1.
Phase: Design
Status: Design scheduled for completion June 2021.
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


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. 
Phase: Construction
Status: Scheduled for completion summer 2021.
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


Projects completed this biennium


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).
Completed: 2020
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


Capitol Campus Utility Renewal Plan – 15th Avenue Water Main
A 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. 
Completed: 2019
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


Capitol Conservatory Demolition
Demolition of the Capitol Conservatory building and related utilities.
Completed: 2021
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


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.
Completed: 2018
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov


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.
Completed: 2018
Contact: DESPPDmail@des.wa.gov