First of three Birch Bay library design meetings scheduled

One possible design for the new Birch Bay Library. Illustration courtesy of Whatcom County Library System and Zervas Architects

By Oliver Lazenby

Have ideas for the future Birch Bay library? The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is hosting the first of three input meetings next week with its design architect for the project, Zervas Architects.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11, at the BP Heron Center, 7290 Birch Bay Drive, at the north end of Birch Bay State Park. Parking for the meeting is free – no Discover Pass required.

“These meetings will give the community the opportunity to shape the library’s design and function,” said Whatcom County Library System’s public services manager Michael Cox, in a press release. “We’re eager to hear how Birch Bay residents envision their library.”

WCLS purchased the property for the future library for $675,000 in April 2017. The property is at 7968 Birch Bay Drive and includes a 2,135-square-foot house and two outbuildings; the library will likely include some combination of the buildings on site.

Last December, WCLS convened the Birch Bay Library Design Committee with representatives from the community, Friends of the Birch Bay Library group, and WCLS staff and trustees.

The design committee plans to hold the second input meeting in July and the final meeting in August, said Lizz Roberts, WCLS community relations coordinator.

“Each community input session will build on the previous one, culminating in a design for the new library,” Cox said in the news release. “We urge Birch Bay residents to bring your family, neighbors, and friends – get involved at this stage and ensure the design of the new Birch Bay library reflects your ideas.”

  1. Birch Bay Library Design

    To Whom it Concerns

    The property of the future Birch Bay Library is appealing because of its Craftsman style design and tranquil setting. It is an iconic building; a large part of the reason it was purchased for this historic project. Its Pacific Northwest appeal sets a traditional flavor for the entire area

    The design of the new additions will be a cornerstone for the future character and appeal of our Birch Bay community for years to come. These are important factors to consider in designing the library project. Today many communities have been given new life because great care has been given to the style and visual appeal of new construction and renovation. Contrary, many have been sadly left unattractive and unappealing due to lack of imagination and thoughtful design.

    I implore the architects to:

    Keep the ORIGINAL BUILDING CHARACTER

    Keep additions and extensions within the same style

    Create parking areas that do not resemble the WaterSlide tarmac parking area

    Look to some of the classic updates of our historic lodges such as Quinault and
    Mt. Rainier Lodge for inspiration

    Retain the classic serenity of the property in style and habitat landscape

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish the true heart of the Birch Bay Community.

    Thank you for your concerned and careful consideration,
    Janice Lee
    Birch Bay Village

    Birch Bay Library Design

    To Whom it Concerns

    The property of the future Birch Bay Library is appealing because of its Craftsman style design and tranquil setting. It is an iconic building; a large part of the reason it was purchased for this historic project. Its Pacific Northwest appeal sets a traditional flavor for the entire area

    The design of the new additions will be a cornerstone for the future character and appeal of our Birch Bay community for years to come. These are important factors to consider in designing the library project. Today many communities have been given new life because great care has been given to the style and visual appeal of new construction and renovation. Contrary, many have been sadly left unattractive and unappealing due to lack of imagination and thoughtful design.

    I implore the architects to:

    Keep the ORIGINAL BUILDING CHARACTER

    Keep additions and extensions within the same style

    Create parking areas that do not resemble the WaterSlide tarmac parking area

    Look to some of the classic updates of our historic lodges such as Quinault and
    Mt. Rainier Lodge for inspiration

    Retain the classic serenity of the property in style and habitat landscape

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish the true heart of the Birch Bay Community.

    Thank you for your concerned and careful consideration,
    Janice Lee
    Birch Bay Village

    Birch Bay Library Design

    To Whom it Concerns

    The property of the future Birch Bay Library is appealing because of its Craftsman style design and tranquil setting. It is an iconic building; a large part of the reason it was purchased for this historic project. Its Pacific Northwest appeal sets a traditional flavor for the entire area

    The design of the new additions will be a cornerstone for the future character and appeal of our Birch Bay community for years to come. These are important factors to consider in designing the library project. Today many communities have been given new life because great care has been given to the style and visual appeal of new construction and renovation. Contrary, many have been sadly left unattractive and unappealing due to lack of imagination and thoughtful design.

    I implore the architects to:

    Keep the ORIGINAL BUILDING CHARACTER

    Keep additions and extensions within the same style

    Create parking areas that do not resemble the WaterSlide tarmac parking area

    Look to some of the classic updates of our historic lodges such as Quinault and
    Mt. Rainier Lodge for inspiration

    Retain the classic serenity of the property in style and habitat landscape

    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to establish the true heart of the Birch Bay Community.

    Thank you for your concerned and careful consideration,
    Janice Lee
    Birch Bay Village

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