Construction orange pops against a backdrop of green grass, gray skies, and an historic, white capitol building. Cones, heavy equipment, and safety vests dot the picturesque campus with signs of progress.
The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is updating Washington state’s Capitol Campus, and SCJ Alliance is helping with utility renewal, ADA improvements, and sidewalk and road repairs.
SCJ Principal Ross Jarvis said, “When people visit the Capitol Campus, they expect reliable sidewalks and roads free of cracks and potholes. They want ADA accessible facilities and good amenities for pedestrians and bicyclists. They expect clean stormwater runoff as part of a healthy environment. And, they want it all done with limited financial resources.”
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the campus is a gathering space for the public with a park-like atmosphere designed by nationally celebrated landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers.
Ross explained, “We intend to preserve the history of the Capitol Campus in a way that aligns with the Olmsted Brothers vision, while bringing aging infrastructure and failing hardscape into the 21st century.”
DES says this is part of a long-term plan to ensure reliable service on the campus for decades to come.