Northgate Library & Community Center

Seattle, WA



Sustainable Design


Civil Engineering

Structural Engineering



Rainwater re-use

Rain garden

Thin exterior canopies

These new buildings and park create an urban gathering place for the community.

This project included design of a new 10,000 sf library, 20,000 sf community center, and a 1.7-acre park located on the same site. Library features include a new collection capacity of 40,200 books and materials, a meeting room, modern technology services and equipment, reading and homework areas for children, and computer work stations and instructional areas.

AHBL worked with the design team to incorporate a number of "green" features into the project. These include the reuse of rainwater for irrigation purposes and a drainage design that reduces stormwater runoff from the site and provides water quality treatment.