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It’s long been a dream, but now it’s a plan.

On Friday, backers for the Center for Wooden Boats are to unveil the designs of the $6.6 million Wagner Education Center to be constructed at South Lake Union.

Work could begin by spring and take up to a year on the 9,600-square-foot facility that will include a classroom, workshop, gallery and exhibit spaces west of the center’s boathouse at Lake Union Park.

Seattle architect Tom Kundig, of Olson Kundig Architects, designed the center, named for Dick and Colleen Wagner, who founded the Center for Wooden Boats in1976.

Betsy Davis, the center’s executive director, said the public’s help is still needed to complete a $9.5 million campaign that includes the education center and other facilities and programs.

The campaign is about $2.8 million short of its goal, she said.

“Due to our current lack of space, we’re forced to turn away kids who want to learn to sail, adults who want to take maritime workshops, and schools that want to take our field trips,” Davis said.

She said that in the last decade, the number of visitors to the center has doubled to more than 100,000 a year.

Designs depicting the education center are scheduled to be presented to the public at noon Friday at the South Lake Union Block Party at 101 Westlake Ave. N.

Jack Broom: jbroom@seattletimes.com