Bellevue Library Parking Garage Expansion

The Bellevue branch of the King County Library System is the flagship of the district servicing the needs of the greater Bellevue area and acting as an anchor and research facility for citizens and businesses. In recent years, the branch has experienced some of the highest patron visit and materials circulation figures per SF in the nation. With this increased demand, by the time library doors open the parking lot is full.

Johnston Architects was selected to solve the complex problem presented by the need for more parking. Working with KCLS staff and City of Bellevue officials, a plan for a three level garage on the existing parking lot footprint was developed. The garage will provide a new entry to both the library building itself and the existing parking garage under the library. The library has remained open during construction presenting logistical challenges in terms of patron access, materials loading, emergency pathway maintenance and the management of changes to primary utilities serving the building. The solution involves the use of time tested green wall technology to create an addition that brings the natural environment to the aesthetic aid of a practical, safe and utilitarian parking garage.