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October 26, 2014

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2000

Award of Merit, Honors Awards for Washington Architecture, AIA Seattle
The building design of the Central Library received an Award of Merit for a project not yet built as part of Seattle AIA's Honors Awards for Washington Architecture.

 

2001

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
The Central Library received a Design Excellence Award, given to the city of Seattle's best upcoming capital improvement projects.

 

2003

American Library Association (ALA)/AIA Building Award of Excellence
The Temporary Central Library received an ALA/AIA Library Building Award of Excellence for its light-hearted and colorful design.

 

Krentz Award, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)
The Central Library received a Krentz Award for outstanding engineering and architectural achievements exemplified through functional and expressive use of steel.

 

Citation Award, AIA Washington Council
The Temporary Central Library project received a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects Washington Council as part of its Civic Design Awards program.

 

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
The Ballard Branch and Neighborhood Service Center project was recognized for being one of the city's best upcoming capital improvement projects.

 

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
The Beacon Hill Branch received a Design Excellence Award for its "bold, modern design."

 

AIA Seattle Award
Deborah L. Jacobs, city librarian from 1997-2008, was recognized as an honorary member of the AIA for advancing the profession of architecture in Seattle.

 

2004

Civic Enrichment in the Humanities Award
The Seattle Public Library received the 2004 Civic Enrichment in the Humanities Award from the Museum of History and Industry.

 

The New York Times, Best Reviewed Buildings
The New York Times recognized the Central Library as one of the best-reviewed buildings of 2004.

 

Time magazine, Building of the Year
The new Central Library received Time magazine's top award for architecture in 2004.

 

LEED Silver Certification
The Central Library achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

Best Public Project, Northwest Construction
Northwest Construction (Washington, Oregon, Alaska) named the Central Library the Best Public Project of 2004.

 

25 Most Influential People in Seattle, Seattle Magazine
Deborah L. Jacobs, city librarian from 1997-2008, who provided leadership for the Libraries for All program, was named one of the "25 Most Influential People in Seattle" by Seattle Magazine.

 

Newsmaker of the Year, Engineering News Record
Deborah L. Jacobs, city librarian from 1997-2008, was named a Newsmaker of the Year by Engineering News Record.

 

2005

AIA National Honor Award
The Central Library was the recipient of the AIA National Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture.

 

ACEC Platinum Award, ACEC of Washington
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Washington recognized the Central Library project for excellence in engineering.

 

ACEC Gold Award, ACEC of Washington
The Seattle Public Library and the electrical engineering and technical consulting firm Sparling won a Gold Award from ACEC of Washington for the Central Library's technology systems.

 

AIA/ALA Library Building Award
The Central Library was one of eight projects honored with an AIA/ALA Library Building Award.

 

ASCE Honor Award for Excellence in Engineering
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the Central Library an Honor Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering at the Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Awards Programs.

 

John Cotton Dana Award
The Seattle Public Library won the prestigious John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award from the American Library Association.

 

SPACE magazine
The Central Library was selected by SPACE magazine as one the top "must-visit buildings in the world."

 

Condé Nast Traveler magazine
The Central Library was selected by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of "the new seven wonders of the world."

 

25 Buildings Every Man Should Know, GQ magazine
The Central Library was included in GQ's list of the 25 "most important and beautiful structures in America."

 

Travel + Leisure 2005 Design Award
The Central Library received Travel + Leisure's "Best Cultural Space" design award.

 

Rave Award, Wired
Wired magazine selected Rem Koolhaas and the Central Library project for one of its 15 prestigious Rave Awards.

 

Civic Design Award, AIA Washington Council
The Ballard Branch and Neighborhood Service Center won a Civic Design Award from the AIA Washington Council.

 

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
Alexandra Harris, former capital program director for The Seattle Public Library, was honored for her role in implementing the Libraries for All building program.

 

Cultural Achievement Award, American Society of Interior Designers, Washington State Chapter
Deborah L. Jacobs, city librarian from 1997-2008, was recognized with the Cultural Achievement Award, established to recognize artistic and cultural achievements that have enriched the community.

 

Heroes Award, Time magazine
OMA's Rem Koolhaas, co-designer of the Central Library, was named in Time magazine's list of 60 Years of Heroes. 

 

"Best Of," Seattle Magazine
The Seattle Public Library system was honored by Seattle Magazine in its "Best of 2005" issue.

 

Seattle Homes & Lifestyles
The Central Library was selected by Seattle Homes & Lifestyles as one of the "100 people, places and things that contribute to the best of Seattle design." 


Best Young Adult Library Award, Positive Teens Magazine
The Central Library Starbucks Teen Center won Positive Teens Magazine's "Best of the Best Young Adult Library Award" for being a welcoming place for young adults.

 

Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors, Seattle Bride Magazine
The Central Library was voted "Best Place to Take Out of Town Visitors" in Seattle by Bride Magazine's Best of 2005 poll.

 

Design 100, Metropolitan Home
The Beacon Hill Branch was selected by Metropolitan Home as one of 100 most "noteworthy personalities, places and extraordinary objects in the world of innovative design."

 

2006

Best Ways to Love Our City, Seattle Metropolitan
The Seattle Public Library was ranked No. 2 in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine's "65 Best Ways to Love Our City."

 

People's Picks Award
The Seattle Times' NWsource.com People's Picks Awards named the Central Library winner of the "favorite local place to get free Wi-Fi" category.

 

Green Building Award
The Ballard Branch was named as one of the top 10 examples in the nation of sustainable architecture and green design solutions by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment.

 

AIA Honor Award
The Ballard Branch received an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, a national award that recognizes design excellence.

 

Green Roof Award of Excellence, Extensive Institutional Category
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities presented the Ballard Branch with a Green Roof Award of Excellence.

 

Best Looking Library Inside Award, Seattle Magazine
The International District/Chinatown Branch received the Best Looking Library Inside Award by Seattle Magazine. 

 

Best Looking Library Outside Award, Seattle Magazine
The Douglass-Truth Branch was honored with the Best Looking Library Outside Award by Seattle Magazine.

 

2007

AIA/ALA Library Design Award
AIA/ALA presented the Ballard Branch with a Library Design Award.

 

AIA Merit Award for Design
The Ballard Branch received AIA's Northwest and Pacific Region Merit Award for Design.

 

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
The design commission awarded the Broadview Branch a Design Excellence Award.

 

Honor Award, AIA Washington Council
The Douglass-Truth Branch received the Honor Award as part of the Civic Design Awards program, which is given to projects that embody design excellence, creative risk-taking and problem-solving.

 

Merit Award, AIA Washington Council
The Northgate Branch, Community Center and Park received a Merit Award as part of the Civic Design Awards program.

 

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
The Northgate Branch, Community Center and Park received a Design Excellence Award for "creation of a welcoming site with well-integrated activities."

 

Design Excellence Award, Seattle Design Commission
The South Park Branch received a Design Excellence Award for its "nice ties to the regional neighborhood, such as the river in the piazza, which alludes to the area's history."

 

Merit Award, AIA Washington Council
The South Park Branch received a Merit Award as part of the AIA Washington Council's Civic Design Awards program.

 

America's Favorite Architecture
The Central Library ranked 108 out of 150 buildings listed as America's favorite architectural wonders by the AIA.

 

2008

EDRA/Places/Metropolis Award
The Ballard Branch received an Award for Excellence in environmental design.

 

Merit Award, AIA Washington Council
The Montlake Branch earned a Merit Award by exemplifying a particular type of civic space.

 

LEED Gold Certification
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Northgate Branch and Community Center its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating in recognition of its environmentally responsible design.

 

Honor Award for Washington Architecture, AIA Seattle
The Montlake Branch received an Honor Award as part of AIA Seattle's Honor Awards for Washington Architecture. The awards recognize projects that represent the highest level of design achievement.