Vancouver Community Library receives design award

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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The Vancouver Community Library is one of 87 structures in the world honored in an awards program that includes designs from 2010 through 2012.

The library, which opened to the public on July 17, 2011, was selected by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

The library's designers at The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle submitted the project in the American Architecture Awards competition.

According to the museum's website, its Distinguished Building and Urbanism Awards Program honors "the best, new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects designed and/or built in the United States."

Building types and categories include corporate headquarters and office facilities, retail, hospitality, institutional, health care, government, transportation, educational and residential projects.

Among the other 86 projects honored are the National September 11 Memorial in New York City and the National World War II Museum (Phase 1) in New Orleans.

The 83,000-square-foot flagship branch of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District cost about $38 million.

Earlier, The Miller Hull Partnership received one of just four 2011 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture from the AIA Seattle, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. About 140 projects were submitted for the Washington design competition.

The library at 901 C St. also has been awarded LEED Gold certification as an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly facility.

Tom Vogt: 360-735-4558; http://www.twitter.com/col_history;tom.vogt@columbian.com.