City Of Burien Wins Two Awards For Library/City Hall Building
Two honors for design recently have been accorded the King County Library/Burien City Hall building, which opened last June.
The three-story centerpiece of downtown Burien has received an award for â€œoutstandingâ€ masonry design â€“ and LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Gold is the Green Building Councilâ€™s second highest standard.
A commonly-used standard to assess environmental sustainability, the LEED achievement recognizes the cityâ€™s use of green building principles that benefit the public.
The central location of the facility at SW 152nd St. and 4th Ave. SW â€“ easily accessible by foot, bike, bus or car â€“ was a primary factor in the rating by the Green Building Council, as was the preferred parking created for low-emitting vehicles such as hybrids and for carpool drivers.
In addition, during construction the builders diverted more than 89 percent of waste generated on-site from the landfill, and chose to purchase â€œgreen powerâ€ from renewable sources. Energy-efficientÂ lighting and low-water plumbing fixtures were used throughout the facility.
LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildingsâ€™ performance.
It promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The 58,000 square foot library/city hall building received the â€œCommercial: Governmentâ€ category award in the 2010 Masonry Institute of Washington Excellence Awards in Masonry Design.
Its masonry, natural stone, glass and metal exterior â€œis designed to expose [its] programs and internal activities to passersby and to complement activities in the adjacent 1-acre park,â€ noted the award from the Masonry Institute.
Ruffcorn Mott Hinthorne Stine designed the building, which anchors Burienâ€™s Town Square. The library occupies the first two floors, with city hall on the third floor. City council chambers are in a shared meeting room on the first floor.