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Fall City library updates discussed at meeting

Updates to the design of the Fall City library were presented to community members Oct. 25. It was a follow up to meetings held in June and July.

In 2004, a capital bond issue was passed by King County voters for construction projects to expand and build new library facilities.

Construction of the Fall City library is part of a design-build project that includes five libraries. Rick Whitworth is the project manager from BNBuilders Inc. of Seattle. Sian Roberts leads the architect team from Miller/Hull of Seattle.

Whitworth expects Snoqualmie to be built first, followed by either Muckleshoot or Fall City, then Black Diamond. Carnation will be last.

"Fall City is our highest priority now," Roberts said. Recently, a design was submitted to the city of Snoqualmie for a permit for its library. Now the focus is to complete the Fall City design and submit it to King County by December.

There are two sections to the Fall City library: a block, flat-roofed section for restrooms and staff work areas, and a slope-roofed reading and multipurpose section.

In prior meetings there was opposition to the roof. "We heard loud and clear that no one wanted a flat roof," Roberts said. In the new design, the roof over the reading and multipurpose room section has a pitch of three-twelfths.

In response to community members asking for more covered areas, the design now has 12-foot-wide overhangs on the north and west sides.

The placement of where the building will sit on the property is set. Roberts said that decisions still open for public input include color selection and the interior layout. The prior color proposals included a dark green. Current proposed colors are lighter and chosen to fit a river-themed landscape with colors of dry grass, willows and rocks.

Landscaping plans include low-maintenance grasses. Ruth Coates, who works with Roberts, said that tall grasses will be planted in front of the solid panels; lower growth in front of the window areas. The boulders surrounding the current entry will most likely be kept.

Adrianne Ralph, King County Library System (KCLS) facilities design coordinator, said the art budget will be $30,000-$40,000. "Art includes building parts, lighting and murals," she said. The application process will be done through 4Culture and information on when artists can apply will soon be listed on the KCLS Web site.

During construction the old library will be closed, the resource collection moved out, the building razed, a new building built, the resource collection moved in and the new library opened. Bill Ptacek, director of KCLS, is looking into the possibility of having a drop-off area in Fall City during construction.

No further public meetings are planned. Information about the progress of the design and construction is posted and frequently updated on the "Your Investment. Your Library. Your Community" link off the home page of the www.kcls.org Web site.

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