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Capitol Campus Childcare Center

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Artist rendering of Child Care Center

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Capitol Campus Childcare Center

The Department of Enterprise Services is overseeing a project that will house an additional childcare center in Olympia to serve state workers. Construction begins in June 2020 and is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The childcare center construction plan meets safety guidelines under Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start approach.

Located on the corner of Maple Park Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way South, the future single-story, 9,600 square-foot building will become the southern gateway to the Capitol Campus. The Legislature funded the $10 million project in 2019.

The center will be built with an eco-friendly design that focuses on conserving resources, ensuring air and water quality and reducing waste. Ultimately, this project will add 37 new trees to the Capitol Campus. The mix of deciduous and flowering species are in addition to the 100 new trees being planted on the Campus in association with a National Association of State Foresters Centennial Challenge. 

The center will feature:

  • Six classrooms
  • A nature-based learning playground for infants, toddlers and preschoolers
  • A light-duty commercial kitchen
  • 14 drop-off only parking stalls

Once complete, there will be multiple points of pedestrian access to ease traffic impacts on Maple Park.

Childcare center operations

DES is overseeing the process to hire an operator for the center. Steps include issuing a request for information, request for proposal, selecting an apparent successful bidder, and then contract signing.
 
DES has issued a request for information (RFI) regarding operation of the childcare center. The RFI, which closes Oct. 1, is posted to the DES public bidding calendar. You must be registered in the bidding system to view and respond to the RFI.

The new childcare center does not replace the existing care center on Perry Street (5 Cs), which will continue its operations at that location.

Sign up to receive updates on the hiring of an operator for the new childcare center. Parents interested in enrolling their children will be updated when contracts are in place.

Construction updates

Construction will bring intermittent noise and traffic impacts to the area. Sign up for regular construction updates.

Update Description
Week of Sept. 14 Utility work will close a northbound lane of Capitol Way South during the week of Sept. 14. Crews will connect the childcare center's water lines and sewer lines with the city’s at the corner of Capitol Way South and Maple Park Ave. between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Signs and cones will be on site to guide traffic.
Sept. 16

The removal of a large sugar maple tree at the corner of Maple Park Avenue Southeast and Capitol Way South will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sidewalk and right turn lane on Maple Park will be closed for the day. Detour signs will be posted. East Campus tenants and South Capitol Neighborhood residents will hear noise related to the removal.

While tree is healthy, it must be removed to make room for new curb ramps for pedestrian safety at the crosswalk. The wood will be stored and ultimately used for a design project that will be integrated into the new facility.

Sept. 17 On Thursday, Sept. 17, trucks will be on the construction site to pour the foundation of the childcare center. Campus tenants, neighborhood residents and East Plaza tenants can expect to hear noise and see increased truck traffic related to the construction. There will be minimal impacts to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Childcare center foundation
A number of Capitol Campus Construction projects will continue in 2020 even though the state is experiencing a shortfall in revenues. In general, capital projects have funding sources that are different from the operating budget, and IRS rules require that capital bond funding can only be used for capital projects.

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