Wagner Education Center – CWB South Lake Union

Wagner Education Center Building, CWB Seattle, South Lake Union Wooden Boat Museum

Wagner Education Center

The Center for Wooden Boats Building, WA, USA – design by Olson Kundig Architects

29 Oct 2013

Wagner Education Center at CWB South Lake Union

Design for Wagner Education Center at The Center for Wooden Boats Unveiled

Location: The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, South Lake Union, Seattle, Washington, USA

Design: Olson Kundig Architects

Construction Set to Begin This Winter

Iconic South Lake Union Wooden Boat Museum
Expansion Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects

SEATTLE, October 29, 2013 – Construction of the new $6.6 million Wagner Education Center at The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is scheduled to begin this winter. Designed by awardwinning Seattle architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the building harkens back to historic Northwest boatbuilding facilities while at the same time serves as a modern front door for the growing museum, Lake Union Park and the surrounding South Lake Union neighborhood. Kundig’s interest in creating shape-shifting structures will be evident in the Wagner Education Center, where large windows flank interior spaces and movable exterior panels shift up or down to allow for the control of natural light and open or close the building.

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illustrations courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

“We designed the center to reflect our region’s deep maritime history, provide a functional and efficient environment for the center, and to serve its diverse audiences,” notes architect Tom Kundig. “The design features wood, glass and steel, and just like on a boat, every inch of space and feature is designed to provide the highest function.” The new CWB Wagner Education Center is seeking a LEED Gold Certification thanks to its design that reduces environmental impacts both during construction and in operation.

The new building will house a dedicated youth classroom that can be converted to a sail loft in the evening; new gallery and exhibit space; and a boat shop designed to facilitate the restoration of the museum’s largest boats and the construction of new boats from historic designs. The education center is the largest part of a $9.5 million dollar capital improvement project that is also upgrading the organization’s existing floating facilities at the south end of Lake Union. It will also bring necessary upgrades to CWB’s workshop and warehouse at the North end of the lake and will strengthen the museum’s financial stability.

“CWB’s sailing and boatbuilding classes, programs for kids, historical maritime exhibits and artifacts are overflowing our original floating boathouse and boat shop,” said Lori O’Tool, CWB Board President. “Tom Kundig at Olson Kundig Architects knows how to design the kind of human scale building that retains the feel and character that has always made CWB a place where everyone feels welcome.“

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illustrations courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects

Details about the campaign, and information on how the community can help, can be found on the CWB website at www.cwb.org/campaign

About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. cwb.org

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