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An aerial photo of the state capital campus.

Some buildings on the state Capitol Campus in Olympia will be without heat or hot water from Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m., until Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m., while the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) makes necessary repairs to the steam heating system.

DES will shut down the system — which serves 12 state office buildings — to repair a steam leak in the steam tunnel adjacent to the Temple of Justice. The whole system must be shut down for repairs to be made safely. The steam system will be turned back on immediately following the repair.

Natural gas boilers at the central powerhouse on the Capitol Campus make steam, which is distributed to buildings on the Capitol Campus via a piping system.

The office buildings served by the steam heating loop are:

  • Legislative Building (Capitol)
  • Temple of Justice
  • John A. Cherberg
  • John L. O’Brien
  • Insurance Building
  • Joel M. Pritchard Building
  • General Administration
  • Irving Newhouse Building
  • State Archives Building
  • Highways-Licenses Building
  • Employment Security Building
  • Office Building 2

The campus powerhouse is the building with the tall smokestack next to Capitol Lake. It burns natural gas to produce steam for heating and hot water in most campus buildings.

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