Bellevue's City Hall embodies the city's commitment to service, innovation and transparency. Since it opened in 2006, the downtown building on the 400 block of 110th Avenue Northeast has won numerous awards. More importantly, it has been a convenient and even uplifting place for residents to do business with the city and participate in government.
Acquired from Qwest, the 350,000-square-foot building was transformed with extensive renovations from a utilitarian fortress built to house telecommunications equipment into a vital and attractive public resource, an innovative civic center noted for its aesthetics and functionality.
City Hall consolidates in one location city services that had been formerly scattered in seven buildings throughout the city. The building was retrofitted to remain operational during a major earthquake or other disaster.
With its sharp angles and distinctive terra cotta and silver color scheme, City Hall is a pleasing change of pace among many modernist high-rises. An outdoor plaza offers vital green space downtown.
The Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects issued Bellevue a merit award in 2008, noting that the renovation of City Hall was "an insightful and successful transformation of a drab, former telecommunications building into a state-of-the-art public amenity." Dramatic public art adds beauty while telling a story.