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Campus Improvement & Expansion Projects


WCC has launched campus improvement projects to support the College’s Institutional Master Plan. We’ll share updates here and on social media. Scroll down to find project overviews. If you need more information regarding WCC construction projects, please email pio@whatcom.ctc.edu.

Institutional Master Plan (IMP)

In spring 2014, WCC completed a pre-application meeting with the City of Bellingham Planning Department during which the College reviewed the draft IMP and associated stormwater and traffic study information. The College has several required steps to complete before the IMP is presented to the Bellingham City Council for approval in winter 2014/2015.

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Pavilion & Student Recreation Center Renovation

The project will include more than 24,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 6,700 sq. ft. of renovated space. In addition, there will be significant site improvements on the east (between Laidlaw Center and the Pavilion) and south sides of the building, which will create a stronger pedestrian connection to the project from the Syre Student Center and south parking area. Construction began June 23 and will end approx. August 2015.

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Baker Hall, CIS Program Expansion

The summer 2014 expansion of labs and classrooms for Whatcom's nationally acclaimed Computer Information Systems program included renovation and remodel of approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of the south wing of Baker Hall. The remodeled space opened fall quarter 2014. The most significant improvements in the approximately $814,000 project are three enlarged labs, two lecture spaces, a new networking/server room, and a new instructional support/testing area. The new lab layouts allow for increased and improved interaction among instructors and students. The expanded lab space is equipped with additional computers, a Cisco router package and network infrastructure equipment. The improvements further confirm WCC's status as a national leader in cybersecurity education. Thanks to general contrator Colacurcio Brothers Construction Co. of Blaine.

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Learning Commons

The Phyllis and Charles Self Learning Commons project is in the schematic design phase. 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. Construction is scheduled to begin July 2015.