LAUNCH A LEGACY

The Center for Wooden Boats is thrilled to report that, with generous support from our community, construction of the Wagner Education Center is nearing completion! The exterior will be completed in December. The challenge now is to finish the interior and set up for success in 2017.

CWB is entering a new era and needs your support more than ever. The cultural heart of a vibrant community, CWB changes lives for families and young people. Please give generously today.

VISION & CHALLENGE

In 1977, on the back porch of a Lake Union houseboat, a group of people imagined a place where anyone can come to learn, build, sail, and play on the water. Forty-one years later, The Center for Wooden Boats is a thriving community, committed to the idea that hands-on learning is not only fun, it changes lives. CWB serves more than 100,000 people a year with programs for youth enrichment, job skills training, maritime skills workshops, adult and youth sailing lessons, boat rentals and community festivals, all featuring CWB’s fleet of classic wooden boats.

As our programs grow to meet demand, it is critical we secure more space. We need your help to complete construction of our new Education Center in Lake Union Park. Designed by award-winning Olson Kundig Architects and built by Schuchart Construction, the 9,200 square-foot Wagner Education Center and Bill Garden Boatshop will help The Center for Wooden Boats meet the growing public demand for its programs.

We have raised $6.1 million of the $6.6 million needed to complete construction and outfitting of the Wagner Education Center.  The end is in sight. Your support can help us make sawdust in the new boat shop, increase classes and put more kids in boats.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE YOU BUILDING?

The largest project in the capital campaign is the construction of the Wagner Education Center in Lake Union Park. The new 2-story building will augment CWB’s existing floating structures by providing additional classroom and exhibit spaces. The first floor features the Bill Garden Boatshop, a tribute to the designer and friend of CWB, where boats will be built and maintained and where traditional maritime skills can be showcased. The building also features an expanded classroom to aid in the increasing number of youth classes and field trips.

WHAT WILL THE NEW BUILDING LOOK LIKE?

Tom Kundig and the team at Olson Kundig Architects have done an amazing job of listening to all of our ideas about what we need, including space for classes, workshops and exhibits. Drawing on historic boat building spaces and buildings in our area, their design is a two story, wood clad, steel frame building that fits the history and needs of The Center for Wooden Boats and reflects the boatbuilding traditions of the Northwest. This new signature building is located in Lake Union Park between the streetcar stop and our existing buildings floating in Waterway #4 at the south end of Lake Union.

WHEN WILL CONSTRUCTION BEGIN/BE DONE?

We broke ground in January 2016 to begin constructing the Wagner Education Center, and expect the building to be completed in Fall 2017.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

The complete capital campaign is about $6.9 million will be used to construct the Wagner Education Center in Lake Union Park. CWB has already raised 88% of the funds required to build the Wagner Education Center.

HOW IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU HAVE NOW?

CWB now has only one indoor room in our floating Boathouse that is used for everything from field trips to exhibits, seminars to community meetings. With a youth classroom, gallery space, and a new Boatshop, the Education Center will enable multiple activities to happen in parallel. We’ll be able to serve more kids, classes, teachers, and visitors interested in maritime skills, history and craftsmanship. The new Bill Garden Boatshop in the Education Center will dramatically grow CWB’s capacity to work on multiple restoration projects and also have workshops and skills training happen at the same time.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE EXISTING CWB FACILITIES?

We’re keeping our existing floating Boathouse and Boatshop right where they are. The Center for Wooden Boats will continue to offer waterfront programs and exhibits for viewing at the existing Boathouses and floats. And it will be even better, because with some activity moving onshore in the Wagner Education Center, there will be more room inside the Boathouse for visitors to explore and program participants to gather. Routine boat maintenance will move to the onshore Boatshop, leaving the floating Boatshop available for skills workshops, youth boatbuilding programs and working exhibits.

 

Architectural Illustration, Stephanie Bower