Burien City Hall and Library

In 2009, the City of Burien and the King County Library System opened their new shared building housing the City Hall and a branch library. Meant to be the heart of a new, 10-acre, mixed use town square, this 56,000 sq. ft. project sets the green bar for other developments by achieving a LEED Gold certification.

The Burien City Hall and King County Library facility stands out for its focus on people, using green building principles that benefit the public. To serve as a town center, the City Hall and Library are centrally located and easy for residents to get to by foot, bike, bus or car. The site even has preferred parking for low-emitting vehicles like hybrids and carpool drivers. Inside the facility, low-VOC paints and finishes create a healthy space for staff and visitors and a sweeping curved glass façade with sunshades provides daylight and views. Green building tours and a series of posters throughout the building also help residents, business owners, and outside visitors learn about green building and its benefits.

O’Brien & Company helped facilitate the needs of two owners and many stakeholders to identify sustainability goals for this project and chart the most successful path to LEED certification. O’Brien managed the full LEED process, including facilitating a more complex than usual set of documentation and coordinating the green building education program.