The Sammamish Library has been honored on the Library Journal's inaugural list of new landmark libraries. The list was created for the first time this year to help librarians discover relatively unknown buildings that express innovative and cutting-edge trends in sustainable design as well service models.
To select winners, a panel of 16 judges – consisting of librarians and architects – developed criteria for evaluation, focusing on public libraries opened in the last six years. The Sammamish Library is ranked sixth on the list of Landmark (Public) Libraries and was noted by the jury to be, "a very fine structure [and has] incredible presence."
"Library Journal’s selection of the Sammamish Library is a testament to our ability to design buildings that honor the broader goals of society," said Ryan Bussard, Project Designer at Perkins+Will. "As with all our projects, sustainable design practices were a top priority in the development of the site and the library building."
The Sammamish Library incorporates many innovative sustainable design features. For example, the site presented significant runoff issues, but storm water was effectively reduced by a three-pronged solution: an elaborate rain garden system that rings the building and site, a green roof that is planted with sedums and permeable concrete paving that allows the water to seep in the ground rather than flow away in run-offs.
"The Sammamish Library is unique in its strong connection to the stunning natural surroundings," said Kay Johnson, director of facilities development for the King County Library System. "As it's located in the new town center, the library's goal was to create a gathering space that represents the City of Sammamish and the library’s vision."