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Release Date: 04/26/2006

Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library wins national "green" design award for sustainable architecture

The Ballard Branch of The Seattle Public Library has been selected as one of the top 10 examples in the nation of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment.

The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) selected projects that integrate architecture, technology and natural systems.

The innovative building, which also houses the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, was designed by Seattle architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The architects deliberately included highly visible features to help the public understand how buildings can be designed to be environmentally friendly.

The branch has a "green roof" planted with 18,000 low-water-use plants, rooftop and window solar panels, extensive natural day lighting, "notch and tab" furniture designed by the architects to slide together to reduce waste, and artwork created by scientific devices that measure the wind, rain and sun.

The jury praised the green roof and solar panels in its comments about the building.

"This will be a 100-year building because people will want to save it," the jury wrote. "Everyone would want that library in their neighborhood. This is the kind of building that can be a catalyst for change - pushing individual buildings as well as neighborhoods to become more sustainable."

The branch, located at 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., opened to the public May 14, 2005. Trained docents lead a tour of the building at 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The building will be honored in May during a presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and again in June at the AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Exposition in Los Angeles. For more information about the award, visit

For more information contact:

Caroline Young Ullmann, assistant communications director


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