A sunny day in December was the perfect setting for the Sammamish Library Groundbreaking. To celebrate the start of construction for the new 19,500 square foot library, more than 250 community members, local dignitaries and library staff gathered at the site of the new library n the afternoon of Thursday, December 4.
As people took seats, the Skyline High School choir entertained the crowd with a few holiday songs. Children wore kid-sized yellow hard hats and were given small yellow shovels so they could participate in the groundbreaking.
Bill Ptacek facilitated the event, saying that the new library is a partnership between the library system and the city of Sammamish. The $16.9 million library will be located in a new development adjacent to Sammamish City Hall, called Sammamish Commons.
Don Gerend, Deputy Mayor of Sammamish, said the city has been waiting for the new library since the inception of the city.
“The new library will help enhance the city and will be a cultural focal point for the community,” Gerend said.
The architect and contractor also addressed the crowd. The architect, Ryan Bussard, said the design team began working on the new building design a year ago and the new library will have amazing views to the west. The contractor, Kirk MacGowan, said they anticipate starting work on the new building after the first of the year. They will likely complete the new library sooner than 14 months, he said.
When it came time for the ceremonial digging, children with small shovels joined dignitaries with gold shovels and dug into a mound of earth. The crowd enjoyed hot chocolate, coffee and cookies provided by the Friends of the Sammamish Library.