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New Federal Way 320th Library Opens
More than 350 people braved the rain to attend a ribbon-cutting and open house to celebrate the new 15,000 square foot library on the morning of Saturday, September 28. As people gathered, musicians with Los Flacos entertained the crowd.
A number of dignitaries addressed the crowd during the ribbon-cutting, including KCLS Board Trustee Rob Spitzer, Mayor Skip Priest, Councilmember Jeanne Burbidge and King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer.
“In 2004, the voters passed a bond and now we have two new fabulous libraries in Federal Way,” said Rob Spitzer.
“This library is very important,” said Mayor Skip Priest. “It opens doors for those who may not have had many opportunities.”
The project architect, Nathan Messmer, detailed some of the building features, including the new shelving system, colorful carpet design and flexible space. The library interior features an expanded Children’s Area, Teen Zone, three study rooms, a quiet study room and community meeting room. The building was designed with several green features: windows that maximize daylight, radiant heating, low-flow fixtures and a detention pond and rain garden. Weathering steel was selected for the building cladding, which will patina and oxidize over time.
Bill Ptacek invited the dignitaries and children to help cut the ribbon. Once the doors opened, community members were greeted by Dewey and Sketch and enjoyed refreshments, giveaways and more music by Los Flacos.