AKA: Boys and Girls Club of King County, Mercer Island Branch, PEAK Facility, Mercer Island, WA; PEAK, Mercer Island, WA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures

Designers: Kiest, Karen, Landscape Architects (firm); Weinstein Architects + Urban Designers LLC (firm); Karen Kiest (landscape architect); Jason Oliveira (architect); Debin Schliesman (architect); Edward Weinstein (architect)

Dates: constructed 2009-2010

3 stories, total floor area: 41,000 sq. ft.

Mercer Island, WA

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2825 W Mercer Way Mercer Island, WA 98040-2536

Following six years of discussion, ground was broken for the PEAK Building on 06/29/2009, and scheduled to be finished by 07-08/2010. Many local residents stated that they felt the new 40,000-square-foot club house would be out of scale with its residential setting. The City of Mercer Island listened to both sides, held many design hearings, but ultimately disagreed with neighbors and allowed construction to begin. Debin Schliesman of Weinstein A/U served as a lead designer on the $15-million youth center. Karen Kiest, Landscape Architects, a Seattle-based firm, served as the landscape designer for the PEAK Building. According to the Mercer Island Reporter in 2009: "The three-story sports and teen activity center will go up on 86th Avenue S.E., between the Crest Learning Center and CHILD private school. PEAK will include a field house with three high school-sized courts, a multipurpose room, tech and learning center, game room, childcare rooms and office space. The building will be flanked by two parking lots to the north and south. A 'drop-off friendly' entryway, enclosed playground and safe bike paths are also part of the design." (See Elizabeth Celms, "PEAK project to break ground,"Accessed 09/27/2012.) The PEAK facility replaced an earlier Boys and Girls Club located on West Mercer Way, erected in 1915. The first summer camps used the new building on 07/16/2010, and a formal grand opening occurred in late 08/2010.

PCAD id: 8873