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July 11, 2019

Governor Street security, pedestrian enhancement project to begin July 15

Richmond, VA – The Department of General Services today announced its contractors will begin work July 15 on a security and pedestrian enhancement project along Governor Street. The project will increase security in a busy pedestrian area, as well as provide greening and seating at the center of the Capitol Complex.

 
June 27, 2019

9th Street closure extended for General Assembly Building tunnel construction

Richmond, VA – The Department of General Services' contractor for the General Assembly Building construction project will extend the closure of 9th Street between Grace and Broad streets for an additional two weeks to allow more time for excavation of a pedestrian tunnel as part of the project. The City of Richmond today approved the request for the extended lane closure.

 

June 20, 2019

300-foot tower crane to be raised at General Assembly Building site

Richmond, VA – Contractors will begin work Friday, June 21, to raise a more than 300-foot tall tower crane to assist with construction of the General Assembly Building. The work is expected to be completed on Monday, June 24.

 
June 14, 2019

DGS to host first 'DGS on the Road' in Wytheville 

Richmond, VA – The Department of General Services announced today it will host the first "DGS on the Road" event June 18 in Wytheville. The event is the first in a series aimed to make the DGS leadership team accessible to those who are not located in Richmond.

 

May 23, 2019

General Assembly Building tunnel construction to close section of 9th Street

Richmond, VA – The Department of General Services next week will begin digging a pedestrian tunnel under 9th Street as part of the General Assembly Building project, and the work will impact travel on a section of the street through the end of June.

 
May 7, 2019

DGS to build temporary parking lot near Capitol Square, close gates for construction

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that it will
construct a temporary parking lot near Governor Street and will close two gates on the north side
of Capitol Square through 2021 to accommodate construction activities.

 

April 19, 2019

Richmond, VA - The Department of General Services will close Capitol Square to the public and state employees at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 19, due to expected heavy winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rainfall. The square will be closed in order to protect people from potential hazards, such as blowing debris and falling limbs and trees. All Capitol Square buildings and parking decks will have to be accessed from outside of Capitol Square. Capitol Square will remain closed until further notice. 

 
February 27, 2019

DGS to hold Public Hearing on Proposed Regulation Regarding Use of the Robert E. Lee Monument

Richmond, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) will hold a public hearing to gather comments on its proposed permanent regulation regarding use of the Robert E. Lee Monument, as provided by Executive Order 67 (McAuliffe 2017).

 

February 3, 2019

DGS to enforce Governor Street restrictions, control access to 11th, Old 14th streets

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services will be monitoring traffic on Governor Street to ensure authorized vehicles are using the street as posted on traffic signs along Broad Street. Authorized vehicles are those operated by state employees and emergency responders.

 

January 28, 2019

Portion of sidewalk, Main Street to close for Pocahontas Building wastewater pipe repairs

RICHMOND, VA – Work to repair a wastewater line that services the east tower of the Pocahontas Building will begin Tuesday with removal of a large tree on the Main Street side of the building.

 
January 27, 2019

Pocahontas Building walkway to be partially closed in preparation for wastewater pipe work

RICHMOND, VA – Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, portions of 10th Street between Bank and Main streets will be closed in preparation of work to repair a City of Richmond wastewater line that services the east tower of the Pocahontas Building. Please avoid this area.

 

May 25, 2018

DGS Prepares Capitol Square for Construction of Women's Monument Plaza

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services announced today that is preparing Capitol Square for construction of the Virginia Women's Monument Memorial Plaza, which is scheduled to begin next month and run through the fall.

 

May 25, 2018

Equipment Issue at State Laboratory Impacts Nearly 200 Patients' TB Test Results

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services has notified affected health care providers of an equipment issue at its Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) that potentially impacted the results of nearly 200 patients who were tested for tuberculosis, better known as TB.

 

April 17, 2018

Governor, Commission dedicate monument recognizing legacy of Virginia's Indian tribes

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Ralph Northam, the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Virginia Capitol Foundation today held a dedication ceremony for Mantle, a tribute to Virginia's Indian tribes and the newest monument to be erected on Capitol Square.

 

March 23, 2018
Gate, Lane Closures Planned as a Precaution during Demolition of General Assembly Building

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced changes to Capitol Square access and travel lanes near the General Assembly Building that are being taken as a precaution as demolition of the building progresses. 

 

March 22, 2018
CDC Recognizes Virginia State Laboratory for Support of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized the department's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) for its work supporting Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria through testing for tuberculosis, better known as TB.

 

March 2, 2018

ABC, DGS announce developer, preferred location under consideration for ABC office, warehouse

RICHMOND VA – The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) and the Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the selected developer and preferred location being considered for a new ABC headquarters and warehouse. The preferred site is located at the intersection of Pole Green Road and I-295 in Mechanicsville.

 

January 8, 2018

Streets near Capitol Square to close for Inauguration on Friday and Saturday  

RICHMOND – The inauguration of Governor-elect Ralph Northam will take place at noon on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Virginia's Capitol Square. Several streets in and around the Capitol complex will be closed for the event.

 
December 4, 2017

Governor, Virginia Women’s Commission break ground on Phase One of Women’s Monument, Voices from the Garden

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe helped the Virginia Women's Commission break ground today on the first phase of the Virginia Women's Monument, Voices from the Garden. Voices from the Garden is the first monument of its kind on the grounds of a state Capitol, recognizing the contributions of women across four centuries. The first phase of the monument is known as the Memorial Plaza.

 
November 27, 2017

DGS, Capitol Police to close portion of Bank Street to create pedestrian plaza for staff, visitors

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services (DGS) and the Division of Capitol Police (DCP) today announced changes to Bank Street to protect pedestrians during the upcoming General Assembly session.

 
November 20, 2017 

Emergency Regulations Governing Permitted Events at the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond Enacted

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) has promulgated emergency regulations to govern permitted events at the Robert E. Lee Monument located in Richmond. Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order 67 in response to the "Unite the Right" rally that devolved into a violent incident of civil unrest in Charlottesville on August 12. The executive order temporarily suspended permitting at the Lee Monument pending a thorough review of the existing rules by the Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest, which was established through Executive Order 68.

November 17, 2017

DGS to Relocate Edgar Allan Poe Statue

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today it will relocate the Edgar Allan Poe statue from the southwest portion of Capitol Square to the northwest corner of the grounds.

 
November 14, 2017

DGS honors individuals, teams who enhanced public procurement in the Commonwealth

Virginia Beach, VA –The Department of General Services' Division of Purchases and Supply on Monday recognized public procurement professionals and other officials whose achievements have advanced the process for purchasing goods and services in the Commonwealth.

 
October 20, 2017

DGS Closes Virginia War Memorial Carillon for Renovations Ahead of 2018 Commemoration

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today it has closed the Virginia War Memorial Carillon in preparation for renovations that will be completed by November 2018 for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

 
October 19, 2017

DGS Prepares Capitol Square for Inauguration Bleacher Construction

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that preparation work for the 2018 Inauguration bleacher construction is getting underway, which will impact some walkways around the Capitol.

 
October 13, 2017

DGS' eVA mobile apps recognized nationally as decade's most innovative procurement initiative

ATLANTA, GA – The Department of General Services announced today that its mobile applications to support the Commonwealth's electronic procurement system, eVA, recently were recognized as the most innovative procurement initiative of the past decade.

 
September 7, 2017

Department of General Services Wins National Awards for Newly Redesigned Website

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced it has received several national awards for the redesign of the agency's website, which debuted earlier this year.

August 14, 2017

DGS Prepares Capitol Square for Construction of Virginia Indian Tribute

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that it will remove two magnolia trees from Capitol Square and temporarily close two sidewalks and a gated entrance to the Square for construction of Mantle, the Virginia Indian Tribute.

 
July 28, 2017

DGS Notifies 20 Virginia Families after Personal Information Inadvertently Released

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) has sent notification to 20 Virginia families whose personal medical information was inadvertently released to a private individual due to a clerical error.

 
July 27, 2017

General Assembly Building Fence to Impact Pedestrian, Vehicle Traffic through 2021

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that a temporary fence will be erected around the General Assembly Building on August 1 so the Commonwealth can begin abatement and demolition of the building then construction of a new facility

 
July 26, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Announces Major Milestone in Transitioning Government Vehicles to Alternative Fuels

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that 319 state and local government vehicles have been transitioned to alternative fuel in the Commonwealth. This announcement exceeds the Governor's 300 vehicle goal by the end of the Administration and is a major milestone in the progress toward a low-carbon clean fuel alternatives Virginia.

 
July 13, 2017

Governor McAuliffe's Policies Making Big Impact on Virginia-based and Small Businesses

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that government entities have spent over $500 million with Virginia's smallest businesses under policies he created to help them compete for government business. Since McAuliffe took office in January 2014, more than $695 million in additional purchase orders have gone to new, Virginia-based businesses that registered in eVA, Virginia's online marketplace for businesses to provide goods and services to state and local government bodies.

 
June 28, 2017

General Assembly Building Surplus Sale Allows You to Own a Piece of Virginia History

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) and the Virginia General Assembly today announced a unique opportunity for state agencies, schools, localities and the public to own a piece of Virginia history by purchasing surplus items from the General Assembly Building before it is demolished and replaced with a new facility. Items include everything from House Appropriations Committee room chairs and the Senate Finance Committee room dais, to office equipment and supplies, electronics and more.

April 26, 2017

DGS Fleet Director Wins Excellence in Fleet Leadership Award from National Industry Group

TAMPA, Florida _ The Department of General Services announced today that Office of Fleet Management Services Director Michael Bisogno was awarded the Excellence in Fleet Leadership award from NAFA Fleet Management Association, a national industry group.

UPDATE: Read the story on Excellence in Fleet Leadership Award winner Michael Bisogno, DGS' Director of the Office of Fleet Management Services, FLEETSolutions magazine, January/February 2018 edition

 

April 6, 2017

DGS debuts newly redesigned, more user-friendly website

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services (DGS) today announced the debut of the agency's redesigned website, www.dgs.virginia.gov. The new website features updated, user-friendly content, simplified navigation and mobile-first design that makes it easier for customers and the public to quickly access the information they need.

 

February 23, 2017

Governor McAuliffe Dedicates Renovated Capitol Square Building in Honor of Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today dedicated a newly renovated state office building in honor of Barbara Johns, who as a teen in 1951 led a group of students to walk out of their Farmville high school in protest of the dilapidated conditions, paving the way for a lawsuit that led to the desegregation of the nation's public schools.

 

November 14, 2016

DGS honors public procurement professionals, teams

VIRGINIA BEACH –The Department of General Services' Division of Purchases and Supply on Monday recognized public procurement professionals whose achievements have advanced the process for purchasing goods and services in the Commonwealth.

 

October 11, 2016

Decision America Tour Event to Impact Capitol Square, Close Some Nearby Roads

RICHMOND – Department of General Services Director Chris Beschler announced today that some areas of Capitol Square will be impacted Wednesday due to an event on the Square. The Decision America Tour is expected to draw several thousand visitors to Capitol Square. The event will be held from noon until 1 p.m. The Capitol and Capitol Square will remain open to visitors, but pedestrian travel may be restricted.

 

August 24, 2016

State Agencies, Localities Benefit from Deeply Discounted Surplus Items from Fort Monroe

FORT MONROE – The Department of General Services (DGS) and Fort Monroe Authority today hosted state agencies and localities from across Virginia for a unique opportunity to purchase high-quality, gently used office furnishings at dramatically discounted prices. The open house at Fort Monroe, organized by the DGS Office of Surplus Property Management, was intended to promote reuse of the furniture, which saves taxpayer dollars and keeps the items out of landfills.

 

August 22, 2016

DGS to hold Public Hearing on Proposed Regulation Banning Firearms in Executive Branch offices

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services (DGS) will hold a public hearing to gather comments on its proposed permanent regulation banning concealed firearms in Executive Branch offices, as provided by Executive Order 50 (McAuliffe 2015).

 

July 13, 2016

Virginia's State Laboratory to Begin Testing Mosquitoes for Zika Virus

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Department of General Services' Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) will begin testing mosquitoes in targeted areas across Virginia for Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that poses a particular threat to pregnant woman and their unborn children.

 

May 23, 2016

Some areas of Capitol Square to be impacted this week by filming of Mercy Street: Season Two

RICHMOND– Department of General Services Director Chris Beschler announced today that some areas of Capitol Square will be impacted this week as crews film the television show Mercy Street: Season Two.

 

April 18, 2016

Virginia's State Laboratory receives CDC approval to begin testing for Zika virus

RICHMOND– The Department of General Services today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has designated the department's Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services as a Zika virus testing laboratory, which will allow for more timely results for those suspected of being infected by the mosquito-borne illness.

 

March 21, 2016

Governor McAuliffe, First Lady Hold Ribbon Cutting for Executive Mansion Accessibility Ramp

RICHMOND– Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe today were joined by veterans and Virginians with disabilities for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of an accessibility ramp at the Executive Mansion that will enhance access and safety for all guests.

 

February 18, 2016

DGS announces first public-use building completed using Virginia-developed green standard

RICHMOND, VA – The Department of General Services announced today that a newly renovated student services center at Tidewater Community College is the first public-use building in the Commonwealth completed using standards developed in Virginia to promote energy efficiency and conservation in government facilities.

 

February 17, 2016

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Ranked Second in Nation for Procurement Practices

RICHMOND- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia ranked second in the nation in the Governing Institute's inaugural Procurement Survey of the States. The rankings recognize states for technological innovation, transparency and strategic methods in providing public bodies with goods, services and information technology.

 

January 13, 2016

DGS Fleet Director Recognized by Industry Publication

RICHMOND– The Department of General Services announced today that Office of Fleet Management Services Director Michael Bisogno was named to Government Fleet's "20 Under 40," which recognizes the next generation of public fleet professionals who are making an impact on the industry.

 

December 9, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Feature to Make it Easier for Businesses to Land Government Contracts

RICHMOND– Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the launch of a free business-to-business (B2B) collaboration feature for eVA, Virginia's award winning electronic procurement system. eVA's new B2B Connect makes it easier for businesses to find partners and establish relationships when competing for government contracts.

 

November 16, 2015

DGS honors public procurement professionals, teams

VIRGINIA BEACH –The Department of General Services' Division of Purchases and Supply on Monday recognized public procurement professionals whose achievements have advanced the process for purchasing goods and services in the Commonwealth.

 

November 13, 2015

DGS wins Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Public Information for work on UCI bike race

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services on Friday was presented the 2015 Excellence in Virginia Government Award for Public Information for its communication efforts in preparation for the UCI Road World Championships.

 

October 23, 2015

Governor and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Announce Plan to Construct Accessibility Ramp at Executive Mansion

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced today a project to enhance accessibility to the historic Executive Mansion by installing a ramp for guests with physical disabilities.

 

October 8, 2015

James Madison Building closes due to small fire

RICHMOND – The James Madison Building, located at 109 Governor Street near Capitol Square, was evacuated due to a small fire on Thursday. The building will close for the rest of the day and will remain closed on Friday.

 

September 29, 2015

DGS Announces Project to Repair and Preserve Monroe's Tomb

RICHMOND –The Department of General Services today announced a yearlong project to repair and preserve James Monroe's tomb ahead of the 2016 bicentennial of his election as the nation's fifth president.

September 3, 2015

Sliwoski to retire as Director of Department of General Services

Richmond – The Department of General Services announced today that Director Richard F. Sliwoski, P.E., will retire in October after nearly a decade leading the agency.

 

June 15, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Announces Expanded Newborn Screening Program

RICHMOND – Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, will be one of the disorders that every Virginia-born infant is screened for. The disease, which is fatal if not detected early, affects approximately one out of every 50,000 live births.

 

April 14, 2015

Maintenance work on Virginia Capitol exterior to begin next week

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that crews will begin maintenance work on the exterior of the Virginia Capitol on April 20, 2015.

 

March 23, 2015

Media Logistics for Fall of Richmond Commemoration at Virginia Capitol

From April 1-4, 2015, more than 20 cultural and history institutions throughout Richmond will commemorate the April 1865 fall of Richmond to Union forces.

 

March 6, 2015

DCLS Once Again Named CDC's Mid-Atlantic PulseNet Area Laboratory

RICHMOND – The Department of General Services (DGS) announced today that its Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) was selected to serve as the PulseNet Area Laboratory for the Mid-Atlantic region for another five years