Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: GLY Construction, Incorporated (firm); Jones and Jones, Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners, Limited (firm); KPFF Consulting Engineers (firm); Sparling Electrical Engineering (firm); Yantis, Michael R., Associates, Incorporated, PS (firm); Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) Partnership (firm); Robert J. Frasca (architect); Brooks R.W. Gunsul (architect); Grant Richard Jones (architect); Ilze Grinbergs Jones (landscape architect); Johnpaul Jones Jr. (architect); Michael R. Yantis (acoustical engineer); Norman Cunningham Zimmer (architect)

Dates: constructed 1992-1993

total floor area: 127,134 sq. ft.


The Bellevue Branch of the King County Library System was its largest, completed in 1993 at a cost of $19.3 million. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, headquartered in Portland, OR, designed the building.

Building History

The Seattle office of the architectural firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca designed Bellevue's King County Library System branch during a 15-month period c. 1990-1991. Construction occurred during a 14-month span in 1992-1993. The 127,134-square-foot building opened on 07/01/1993.

The construction team consisted of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF), architects; KPFF Consulting Engineers, structural engineers; Notkin Engineers, mechanical engineers; Sparling, electrical engineers; Michael R. Yantis Associates, Incorporated, PS, acoustical engineers; GLY Construction, general contractors; Sparling / Candella, lighting consultants; and Jones and Jones, landscape architects.

Building Notes

As originally designed, the Bellevue Library #3 had the following measurements: general book stacks, 3,203 square meters; reading areas: 110 seats; study rooms, 218 seats; conference rooms, 309 square meters; reference and periodical spaces, 1,132 square meters; technical services spaces, 1,976 square meters; public service spaces, 252 square meters; ancillary, support and circulation spaces: 4,939 square meters; (See Library Builders, [London: Academy Editions, 1997], p. 224.)

PCAD id: 24846