The new Mount Vernon Library Commons will feature a new library, a community center, an event space for up to 300 guests, a commercial kitchen, and a three-story parking garage with 75 electric vehicle charging stations, making it the largest publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging facility in the country.
In addition, the building will employ the latest computer and audio-visual technology and implement sustainable features to reduce its carbon footprint by 30-40% compared to standard construction with strategies such as a solar array rooftop that will optimize daylighting and a high-performance envelope will result in low energy. The 130,000 square foot space aims to become PHIUS certified, making it the region’s first Passive House public library and community center.
Mount Vernon Library Commons will be the most sustainable project in Skagit Valley. With a total cost of $52.7 million, this will be one of the most significant projects in the city’s history. The city’s investment will create jobs, open safe spaces for community members, and catalyze business development in the historic downtown. Additionally, the new commons will be in a prominent location along the Interstate 5 corridor and right across from Skagit station.
Rendering Courtesy of HKP Architects.