Kenmore City Hall

Kenmore, Washington
Project Architect: Jeff Boone

Kenmore’s City Council and citizens had two key criteria for their new 37,000-sf city hall: be responsible environmentally and fiscally. Located on a brown-field at the crossroads of an emergent downtown, the new city hall has a civic, yet inviting presence, reflective of the government’s transparency and accessibility. In the evening, it is a beacon of civic activity. Natural ventilation, abundant daylight, and sustainable mechanical systems create comfortable, flexible and sustainable work spaces. The LEED Gold building includes a photovoltaic array, pervious pavement, a green roof and FSC-certified, young-growth wood paneling from Oregon. Daylight was analyzed with the assistance of the Daylighting Lab to reduce the need to turn on the lights during day time. Constructed for just over $200/sf and 40% under budget, it is one of the most cost-effective and high-performing City Halls in the region as it’s built to essential facility seismic standards.


Awards & Press
2011 NW & Pacific Region AIA Merit Award
2011 AIA / DJC Project of the Month

“Look at this daylight. It’s almost biblical,”
– US Representative Jay Inslee (Kenmore City Hall dedication speech)

“This project is a textbook case of doing good public work: good design, good quality construction and good value,”
– King County Exec Dow Constantine

“The Architectural Drawings are very impressive in their clarity and elegant simplicity, and their consistency of a well-organized graphic presentation. The quantity and quality of construction information appears to demonstrate the Architect’s mastery of design and construction and a high level of conscientiousness.”
– Jacobs Constructability Review, and independent owner-commissioned quality control review of the construction documents for the Kenmore City Hall.

A project of Weinstein A|U