AKA: Shoreline City Hall, Shoreline, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - city halls

Designers: Loschky Marquardt and Nesholm (LMN), Architects (firm); Opus Development Corporation (firm); George Henry Loschky (architect); Judsen Robert Marquardt (architect); John Frank Nesholm (architect)

Dates: constructed 2008-2009

3 stories, total floor area: 67,000 sq. ft.

17500 Midvale Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133

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The City of Shoreline, WA, incorporated on 08/30/1995, utilizing a council-manager form of government. The Shoreline City Hall #1 was also located at 17544 Midvale Avenue North. The City Hall #2 constructed on the same site in 2009, helped coalesce an identity for the new suburban city, one focusing on energy conservation, sustainability and transparency (metaphorically and physically).

Building History

Seattle architecture firm LMN designed the City of Shoreline's Civic Center, that included the City Hall. Minneapolis-based general contractors, Opus Group, erected the complex. The building's design has the look of a Modern office building with ample amounts of glass conceived to "...invite an open relationship between the government and people." The LMN.com web site said of the city hall: "The transparent lobby offers views of a terraced amphitheatre and outdoor green civic plaza, a flexible venue for community events, a farmer’s market and public performances. Glass doors open onto the plaza, allowing public gatherings to spill outside. Certified LEED Gold, the design incorporates sustainable strategies such as a green roof over council chambers, sensor-controlled faucets that make their own power, daylight and occupancy sensors to turn off lights, and recycled or low-VOC materials." (See LMN.com, "Shoreline City Hall," accessed 02/10/2021.)

The City of Shoreline saved to construct its City Hall since its incorporation. The city's web site described how the city hall/civic center was funded: "Through careful planning and prudent fiscal policies, the City saved enough money to not only purchase the City Hall property, but to also put an additional $10 million toward the project costs, limiting the City’s debt. The total project cost was approximately $33 million with $22 million of that to be paid with a combination of tax-exempt general obligation bonds and Build America Bonds (BABs). The BABs are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and provide a 35% subsidy on interest payments from the federal government. By using a combination of bonds, the City will be able to realize a debt service savings of over $3.8 million. Shoreline also obtained a combined interest rate of 3.939% due to its strong Standard and Poor’s AA+ rating." The city took advantage of Federal money made available just after the Recession of 2008 to secure a low-cost subsidy on interest payments. (See City of Shoreline.gov. "Civic Center/City Hall," accessed 02/10/2021.)

PCAD id: 17062