Sammamish Community & Aquatic Center
Sammamish, Washington is a young community in the middle of previously-unincorporated King County. Growth in the area has occurred over the last 50 years incrementally without a master plan. Now a city, a major focus has been placed on creating community space. During the past decade, Sammamish has placed an emphasis on building a park and trail system; the next step is a community center.
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture worked with Sammamish residents at five community workshops. We listened to citizen "hopes, dreams and fears;" developed program priorities; studied three sites for a community center in detail; prepared preliminary cost estimates; and identified a selected site for further study.
The community center will make a great addition to the selected site, which is adjacent to the existing City Hall, library and commons park. Our challenge was to create an iconic community building with a visually interesting roofscape, while preserving views of the Bellevue and Seattle skylines and the majestic Olympic range in the distance. The facility includes a variety of public-use areas, with a fitness area on the upper level, all with views to the park. The remaining fee spaces are located on the lower level with a single control point. Facility parking is in a structured garage built into the hill, with extra parking provided for existing city amenities. The upper level extends the existing plaza space to the front door of the new center.
Project at a Glance
City of Sammamish
$32.5 Million (Estimated)