|Kenmore Library opening celebration|
|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
To mark the grand opening of the new Kenmore Library, a ribbon-cutting celebration and open house will be held Saturday, July 9, 9:30 a.m. at the site of the new library, 6531 NE 181st Street, which is located a short distance from the former library. Please join community leaders, library staff, builders and residents in celebrating the landmark occasion.
The new 10,000-square- foot library is more than four times larger than the previous building.
Construction of the new $8.4 million library has been underway since June 2010 and is part of the $172 million capital bond, approved by voters in 2004 to fund major upkeep and expansion of KCLS libraries.
The project architects, Weinstein A|U, designed the building around the concept of transparency.
To encourage community gathering, an open and inviting reading room comprises the central interior space.
The library interior features a children’s area, teen area, meeting room and study space. Many sustainable features are included in the design: the orientation of the building and skylights maximize natural lighting throughout the building; a raised floor with under-floor air distribution efficiently heats, cools and ventilates the interior; carpet and paint contain low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); and a rain garden helps reduce pollution, flooding and provides habitat for wildlife outside the library.
The site design includes a public plaza to the north of the building, connecting the library to the downtown core. Parking is located below the building in addition to surface parking.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the public is invited inside to tour the new library and enjoy refreshments and a musical program.