A seismic study on historic Carnegie Library helps prioritize structural enhancements.
A new story to share. Built in 1894, the Carnegie Library is a significant piece of history for the City of Everett and Snohomish County. Snohomish County restored this unique historic building as part of an effort to make it the home and public face of the Snohomish County Historical Society. Reid Middleton conducted a seismic study, overall building assessment, and cost estimate of the unreinforced masonry building. This effort also strategized ways to divide recommended seismic improvements into self-contained projects that could fit within small, annual budgets. The following summer, the building was reroofed and seismic and structural enhancements required for the roof and attic framing were performed while the framing was easily accessible. Now, the historical library has a new story to share with the public.