Community members gathered on June 29 at the "First Look" event for the unveiling of design concepts of the new Lake Stevens Library. Inspired by extensive community input, Sno-Isle Libraries and BuildingWork architects shared designs reflecting the vibrancy and diverse needs of the Lake Stevens community. The new library is set to be built on a 4.62-acre lot in the Chapel Hill neighborhood.
Highlights of the designs:
- A focus on early learning, outdoor spaces, community gathering meeting rooms, and quiet areas for independent study
- 14,000 - 16,000 square feet as recommended in previous space needs studies
- 2-story building with dedicated children and teen areas, computing and technology areas, and space for larger events and programs
- LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) with a commitment to sustainability
- Wetland areas are protected and enhanced by restoring buffer space, using native plants to repopulate the property with local flora and fauna
- Glacial erratic boulders will be a featured element of outdoor design
Attendees at the event were encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions to ensure community input remains central to the future library. The designs are early concepts, with details for the building and site to be further developed in future iterations.
The next steps for the library project include detailed design development and starting the permitting process. More opportunities for public comments will be provided this summer to ensure the Lake Stevens community continues to have a voice in the planning.
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