The 9,600-square-foot building will be adjacent to the center's South Lake Union headquarters.

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Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats on Tuesday morning celebrated a groundbreaking for its new Wagner Education Center, which has been six years in the planning. The 9,600-square-foot building will consist of a large boat shop, classroom space, gallery space, a visitor center and offices adjacent to the center’s existing South Lake Union headquarters at 1010 Valley St.

The Dick and Colleen Wagner Education Center, named for the Seattle couple instrumental in founding and guiding the Center for Wooden Boats, is the third part of a capital campaign that also funded improvements to the center’s floating assets and its Northlake facility.

The building has been designed by Olson Kundig architects, and Schuchart is the general contractor. Major funding sources include Washington State Historical Society, Norcliffe Foundation, King County 4Culture, Seattle Parks Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust, Foss Maritime Company and Lake Union Dry Dock Company.

The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, promotes the Northwest’s small-craft heritage through the preservation of historic craft used in boating lessons, outings and education. At locations on Lake Union and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, the center serves more than 100,000 visitors per year.

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