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May 15, 2017
A new library has opened at 14380 Tukwila International Blvd., in city’s Tukwila Village development.
The 10,000-square-foot building is almost twice the size of the old library located to the east. It has a “mosaic space” for gatherings and performances, an expanded collection, and free public WiFi. Large windows fill the space with natural light.
Regionally sourced wood was used inside, and native plants are used in the landscaping. A row of hazelnut trees line the southeast corner of the site. The word Tukwila means hazelnut in the Duwamish language.
Charcoal terra cotta, zinc cladding, aluminum sunshades and red- and purple-toned glass finishes were used on the exterior.
The roof is made of cross-laminated timber, an engineered-wood product with a negative carbon footprint.
A green roof with native plants will help regulate temperatures inside and reduce stormwater runoff.
Owner: King County Library System
General contractor: Edifice Construction Co.
Structural, civil engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Mechanical, plumbing engineer: WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Electrical, lighting and acoustical engineer: Stantec
Landscape architect: Karen Kiest Landscape Architects
Cost estimating: Aecom (previously Davis Langdon Associates)
Artists: John Fleming, Kelly Staton
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