Seismic Retrofit Projects
The 2019 voter-approved Library Levy provided $13.8 million in funding to seismically retrofit the historic Green Lake, University and Columbia branches.
About the Project
A survey identified the three unreinforced Carnegie buildings as high-risk for damage and loss of life in the event of a major earthquake. The 2016 survey was conducted by the city Department of Construction and Inspection, which advised these buildings be retrofitted in the next seven years.
The seismic upgrade to each of these landmarked buildings is estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete. The buildings will be closed during construction.
Detailed information on each project, including building closure dates and alternative services, will be shared as it becomes available.
2022 – Green Lake Branch
The Seattle Public Library Green Lake Branch, one of the Library’s historic Carnegie buildings, will be renovated with structural improvements (a seismic retrofit) to ensure the safety of patrons and staff in case of an earthquake. The seismic retrofit is designed to a high standard intended to minimize damage to the building from a significant earthquake. This renovation project also includes a range of improvements to building accessibility, energy efficiency, and library services. This project is a unique opportunity to renovate and modernize the historic Green Lake Branch while preserving its important architectural legacy. Construction will begin in October 2022 and is expected to be fully completed by June 2023.
2023 - University Branch
2025 – Columbia Branch