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Release Date: 06/15/2005

Ballard Branch wins design award

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The Ballard Branch and Neighborhood Service Center building was honored with a Civic Design Award for 2005 by the Washington Council of the American Institute of Architects on June 10.

The Civic Design Awards program identifies public projects that are hallmarks of civic design. The building received an Honor Award, which is given to projects that embody design excellence and demonstrate creative risk-taking and problem-solving.

The judges said the striking building both welcomed the public and showcased sustainability. "The Seattle Public Library is recognized for insisting on design excellence, community involvement and sustainability for this neighborhood library," they said.

The building, which was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, has more than 18,000 low-water-use plants on a "green roof," rooftop solar panels, solar film in the windows of the neighborhood service center, and is designed to take advantage of natural daylight.

To read more about the award, visit and select 2005 Civic Designs Award Winners.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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