Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch 2008 Renovation

The branch originally opened in a converted firehouse in 1973. It is heavily used by area residents and schoolchildren. The building was upgraded in 1986 at a cost of $84,854, but problems remained with its layout, program and work areas, and electrical and ventilation systems.

The renovated branch now has:

  • updated book collection
  • new seating
  • upgraded technology services and equipment
  • better electrical, communication and computer connections
  • more efficient circulation desk and work areas
  • improved ventilation
  • a modern mechanical system

Quick Facts

  • Project type: Renovate existing branch
  • Completion date: 2008
  • Budget for capital costs: $893,000
  • Total library program area: 1,707 square feet
  • Computers: 9 (formerly 6)
  • Artist: Mary Iverson, Monad Elohim
  • Art budget: $7,416
  • Library Board steward: Michael Parham
  • Architect: Heliotrope Architects
  • Contractor: Cope Construction Co.


  • May 2008: The renovated Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopened at noon Saturday, May 10.
  • November 2007: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected an oil painting by Mary Iverson and a ceramic sculpture by Monad Elohim to display in the renovated branch. Both are Seattle artists.
  • August 2007: Construction began on the branch renovation.
  • June 2007: The branch closed for renovation on Saturday, June 16.
  • May 2007: The Library Board voted to award the construction contract to the sole bidder, Cope Construction Co., after the Library and the contractor negotiated a better price than Cope's original bid. Cope worked with its subcontractors to achieve savings.
  • April 2007: Construction bids for the branch renovation came in higher than expected.
  • November 2006: Residents were invited to an open house to see the design of the interior renovation of the branch.
  • September 2006: Residents attended an open house to see the design of the interior renovation.
  • April 2006: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees authorized the architects to adapt the Library's Universal Building Program to better reflect usage patterns for the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch. The board agreed the branch should emphasize materials for children, popular fiction, DVDs, and space for holds pick-up.
  • January 2006: The Library Board selected Heliotrope Architects to design the interior renovations