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Sedro-Woolley Library

Client: Central Skagit Library District
Partners: SHKS Architects


The design for Sedro-Woolley Library features outdoor community spaces that enrich the experience of using the public library, and the community was involved in the design process to create a civic and cultural destination in the Skagit Valley. The outdoor public space includes an children’s play area, space for programs and activities, gathering space, a viewing deck, and a rain garden. Site furnishings are constructed from salvaged and re-purposed timbers from the previous building as a celebration of the region’s timber history. The children’s play spaces support free and creative play and provide a gathering nook for outdoor story time. An entry plaza and turf lawn provide a space for library and community events. The project’s ambitious sustainable site strategy captures and cleanses all stormwater on site with a pervious concrete parking area and a series of bio-retention cells.​ Native and drought tolerant plantings wrap the site providing a green entry to downtown Sedro-Wooley.