Architect named for Coupeville library project

Expanding the Coupeville Public Library took a step forward when Sno-Isle Libraries named an architect to design the expansion.

Bellevue-based Lewis Architects and Interior Design was named to design the building expansion, which will basically double the size of the current building. The Sno-Isle Board of Trustees approved the contract during its meeting last week.

Mary Kelly, spokesperson for Sno-Isle Libraries, said Lewis Architects has designed numerous libraries in the Sno-Isle system, including Mukilteo, Mountlake Terrace, Marysville and Snohomish.

“They really do have a lot of experience in designing libraries,” Kelly said, adding the firm does a good job listening to the community and designing a building that meets local needs.

Sno-Isle is negotiating a contract with Lewis Architects. Kelly said there isn’t a dollar amount available yet, but there will be a not-to-exceed amount written into it.

The contract is expected to be finalized in a week. Once that happens, design work for the expansion will begin.

Kelly said groundbreaking will take place next summer and construction will take six to 12 months.

As for library service in Coupeville during the construction period, Kelly said officials are still looking at options.

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