I had a resident tell me that as we’re starting to float ideas for what Kent’s next City Hall might look like, we should take a look at the new City Hall building that was built in Whitefish Montana — so we dug up some photos.
It turns out that Whitefish is a great example of a 2-story City Hall located on a prominent corner — which is very similar to Kent.
The Whitefish project is much more than just a City Hall — it includes a 3 story parking deck and retail space — but it provides a nice example of many of the features that Kent City Council has said they want to see in Kent too, e.g., welcoming building, pedestrian friendly, attractive, etc.
We’re interested in hearing what people think about the shape, the materials, colors, textures and layouts of Kent’s next City Hall and we thought looking at other City Hall buildings was one way to help those conversations happen.
To some extent this is the best part of the building design process when we’re still tossing ideas around for what people think are important to have in our new City Hall.
Ultimately, the building is more than just the offices that will be located inside — it also includes all the things on the outside that create first (and lasting) impressions and influence how people interact with the building.
That interaction with City Hall is almost as important as the services we provide so we want to get this right.