Student Center, Dorms in Future
Additions to Whatcom Community College are coming. Its newest project will be a big one for the school’s campus in Bellingham: The Phyllis & Charles Self Learning Commons. Slated to open in 2020, the new facility will house the college’s library, math center, writing center, tutoring services, media services, and more, expanding the space for collaboration among students and staff.
The Phyllis & Charles Self Learning Commons is being built on the corner of Kellogg Road and Cordata Parkway. Totaling 65,328 square feet, the facility will be designed and built by Schreiber Starling Whitehead Architects of Seattle and Colacurcio Brothers Construction of Blaine. The project is funded at $34.9 million and is WCC’s first state-funded building since 2004, when Kulshan Hall opened. Gov. Jay Inslee, among others, participated in the ground-breaking in April.
Beyond the Commons, WCC has plans to also break ground on residence halls this fall. WCC is a nationally accredited college with 11,000 students. It offers a four-year bachelor of applied science, professional-technical degrees, and other basic education courses and job training.
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