Ferndale Public Library

The Ferndale Library was designed to be Living Building-ready incorporating sufficient load capacity for later installation of roof-top PV. The project preserves a large natural wetland, optimizes views to Mount Baker and Schell Marsh and takes advantage of abundant natural light and breezes through environmentally responsive design. Western Red Cedar siding and the simple form draw on the material and spatial character of the simple agricultural buildings of the Nooksack River Valley.

The Library achieved Ferndale's "Eagle" requirements, equivalent to LEED Silver.

Ferndale, WA

Lively engagement results in extraordinary places.

SHKS Architects finds elegance in necessity, elevating the core principles of each unique site and building project to reflect our clients' aspirations.

Through collaboration, care, craft, and discovery, we reveal architecture's inherent optimism, contributing to our local community and to the global stewardship of natural and built environments.