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Exciting Campus Improvement Projects at Whatcom

New Pavilion and Student Recreation Center to be Complete Fall 2015

Post Date:12/04/2014 1:16 pm

Whatcom Community College has launched several exciting campus improvement projects to support the College's Institutional Master Plan. Read on to find project overviews. If you need more information regarding WCC construction projects, please email

Exterior SRC thumbnailPavilion and Student Recreation Center
Construction began June 23 on the renovation and expansion of the Pavilion. The student-approved and funded project will include more than 24,000 square feet of new construction and 6,700 square feet of renovated space. In addition, there will be significant site improvements on the east and south sides of the building that will create a stronger pedestrian connection to the project from the Syre Student Center and the south parking area. General contractor is Tiger Construction of Everson. View today's construction progress on our web cam.
Completion: August 2015

Baker Hall, Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program Expansion
The CIS expansion began June 23 and consists of a renovation and remodel of approximately 6,000 square feet of the south wing of Baker Hall. The most significant improvements include three new CIS labs, a lab development room, two lecture rooms, a networking room, and additional equipment storage for the program. Whatcom’s CIS program is nationally recognized for its academic excellence. WCC is home of CyberWatch West, one of four NSF-funded regional centers for cybersecurity education. General contractor for the remodel is Colacurcio Brothers Construction Co. of Blaine.
Completion: September 2014

Exterior Learning Commons rendering

Phyllis and Charles Self Learning Commons
The Learning Commons is a key element of the College’s Institutional Master Plan (IMP). When it opens in 2017, the Learning Commons will house academic support services and resources such as the Library, math and writing centers, media and tutoring services, and quiet and shared study spaces. It will be Whatcom’s first state-funded building since Kulshan Hall opened in 2004. The Learning Commons project is in the schematic design phase. The schematic design phase is a very collaborative effort which also considers possible site improvements such as a pedestrian overpass to span Kellogg Road. Construction for the Learning Commons is scheduled to begin in July 2015. The building is named in honor of long-time College advocates and community leaders Phyllis and Charles Self. View the schematics and floor plans.

Institutional Master Plan (IMP)
Whatcom’s IMP will expand campus buildings to address increased enrollments and demand for new types of
learning facilities. Whatcom recently completed a pre-application meeting with the City of Bellingham Planning
Department where we reviewed the draft IMP and associated stormwater and traffic study information. A
neighborhood meeting was held June 10 to share the highlights of our IMP and to allow an opportunity for
public comment. Whatcom has several required steps to complete before the IMP goes in front of Bellingham
City Council for approval. We anticipate this will happen in December 2014 or January 2015.

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