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The Deschutes Public Library District Board Selects The Miller Hull Partnership and Steele Associates to Bring the Community’s Vision for Public Libraries Across Central Oregon to Life

8-1-2021 | News Press Releases

August, Seattle, WA — The Deschutes Public Library District Board has selected The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP, and Steele Associates Architects LLC as the architectural team to design a series of libraries across Central Oregon. The selected projects include an expanded Redmond Library and new Central Library, as well as extensive renovations for libraries located in Downtown Bend, East Bend, La Pine, Sisters, and Sunriver. The new Central Library in Bend will include a child learning center, technology hub, and performing arts space for the community to gather and explore.

Deschutes County voted in support of the Library’s bond measure to expand and bring new life to libraries across the county. The bond will fund the design and construction of the 100,000 square-foot Central Library to serve all Deschutes County residents in addition to doubling the square footage of the Redmond Library and updating existing libraries.

“We are eager to bring to life the voters’ vision of designing and updating library spaces throughout Deschutes County, and The Miller Hull Partnership and Steele Associates are poised to make that vision a reality,” said Library Director Todd Dunkelberg. “Both firms have extensive experience in sustainable design and are steeped in the Pacific Northwest experience. We are excited to work with them as we update and expand Library buildings and services to better serve the people of Deschutes County.”

The Library selected Miller Hull and Steele Associates from among five proposals after requesting qualifications, a detailed proposal, and an interview.

Miller Hull has an extensive background in designing libraries and community spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Renton Library, Vancouver Community Library, Seattle’s Green Lake Community Center, and University of Washington’s Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons. Bend-based Steele Associates has designed a number of iconic building projects in Deschutes County, including facilities for Central Oregon Community College, Oregon State University-Cascades and school districts throughout the region.

About The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP

The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP is an internationally recognized architecture, planning, urban, and interior design firm that works to create a regenerative and inclusive future through the built environment. Since its founding in 1977, Miller Hull has been designing dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings that provide enduring value for their communities. The firm has a studio in Seattle and San Diego with work extending across multiple typologies for a range of public and private clients where people Live, Work, Learn, Gather and Serve. Widely recognized for innovative, timeless designs and a partnership-driven practice, Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional, national, and international awards for design excellence, including the American Institute of Architects Firm Award and Architect 50’s Top Firm for Sustainability. For more information, please visit

About Steele Associates Architecture LLC

Since its establishment in 1996 in Bend, Oregon, Steele Associates Architects LLC has grown into a leading Pacific Northwest firm, and though they chose to live in beautiful Central Oregon they delight in designing timeless architecture, unique and reflective of each place and context, far beyond our region. They practice architecture because they are passionate about every aspect of design and understand the vast impact that it has upon quality of life, the environment, and personal and professional performance. The firm’s designs are innovative, sustainable and inspiring. They simply love what they do and it shows in the energy and dedication that they pour into each unique project opportunity. The firm also has a long history of community service through participation, charitable donations, scholarships and free design services for certain projects. Through a transparent and inclusive team approach they revel in collaborating with their clients and consultants to research and develop key design elements such as, place, human needs, aesthetics, community, performance, cost and sustainability. Steel Associates has earned a reputation as a thoughtful firm who listens, analyzes and then delivers excellent design and service with great enthusiasm and verve while also meeting budgets and deadlines. Their designs create value for clients and occupants by enriching the architectural and economic fabric of the communities that they are a part of. Steel Associates looks forward to creating brilliant architecture with new and existing clients for decades to come.

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