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Kenmore Town Green Community Center: 2018 SIPA Building Excellence Awards runner-up

from SIPA

Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Buildings under 10,000 square foot category.

The Kenmore Town Green Community Center in Kenmore, Washington, is a 4,600-square-foot building space with an adjoining 24,000-square-foot outdoor community space. Designed by Graham Baba Architects of Seattle and built by Skyward Construction/Green Structures NW of Ridgefield, Washington, the building is the "living room" for the city of Kenmore and acts as a year-round focal point for the city.

The design concept was the "Town Green" that includes not only extensive outdoor community spaces but also a sustainable building that fits the community's vision of sustainable recycled content that also conserves energy. Durable low-maintenance material choices including the exposed plywood SIP panels on the interior work to complement other soft wood exterior finishes.

The SIP panels were manufactured by SIPA member Premier Building Systems using roof panels that are 10-inch thick over the entire 6,852-square-foot expanse.

Energy savings with such a large open building was a critical consideration. The characteristics of the SIP panels helped realize the designer's energy savings targets. The expansive roof construction was made simple with SIPs which enabled the large roof overhang as designed without having to add extra beams or supports. Exposed plywood SIP panels saved time and labor as no other interior finishes were required to achieve the desired look of the structure.

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