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May 13, 2016

Kingsgate Library gets a makeover

Photo courtesy of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects [enlarge]

Kingsgate Library at 12315 N.E. 143rd St. in Kirkland reopened last month following a renovation.

Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects designed the revamp for the library, which is part of King County Library System.

The team also included Westmark Construction, contractor; Lund Opsahl, structural engineer; WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Wetherholt & Associates, building envelope; JMB Consulting Group, cost estimator; and Blanca Lighting.

The project cost $3.27 million, plus $670,000 for furniture and equipment.

The library was designed by Beckwith, Spangler & Davis Architects, and opened in 1973.

Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects said the renovation turned the 10,235-square-foot building into a warm, light-filled, 21st century community space that has an open floor plan and better suits patrons' needs.

A new entrance was created to make a stronger connection to the wooded setting, and the space now has more natural lighting. A double height meeting room, study rooms, and teen and children's areas were added.

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