The American Institute of Architects Seattle has cited Bellevue's new city hall for a 2007 honor award. The former Qwest Building at 110th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Fourth Street was dramatically renovated and opened for business last year.
"This project is a powerful urban move that transforms a formally suburban office building into an important city destination," AIA Seattle noted in its commendation, announced Thursday. "The bold gesture is articulated by pulling out public space, connecting to transit and re-engaging the city."
Located in the heart of Bellevue's downtown, close to the bus transit center, City Hall was named a "community treasure" by the Bellevue Downtown Association in 2006. SRG Partnership Inc. in Seattle designed the remodeled building.
More than 150 projects were submitted for 2007 honor awards. Bellevue City Hall was one of four to receive commendations. City Hall won in the adaptive re-use category.
The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle earned an honor award, the AIA's highest recognition, while two other projects in Washington received awards of merit.
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