Bellingham Tech's new fishery science building breaks ground on July 31

Bellingham Technical College holds a ground breaking ceremony for the Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences in Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park on Tuesday, July 31.

The Perry Center will house BTC’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program, which trains students in fields such fish hatchery operations, marine life and habitat restoration. The building was named by Trident Seafoods owner Chuck Bundrandt—who made a generous contribution to the project, according to the college—in honor of Bundrandt’s friends and colleagues Edd and Virginia Perry.

“Naming this building after Edd and Virginia Perry honors Edd’s significant contributions to San Juan Seafoods, Trident Seafoods and the entire fishing industry in Whatcom County and the Northwest,” said Patricia McKeown, BTC’s president, in a press release. “BTC is very appreciative for this generous gift and involvement with our college and program. Edd is well known and respected in the fishing industry and naming the building in his honor ensures that his legacy lives on for generations to come.”

The July 31 ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Science program’s old building at 1600 C St. in Bellingham. Construction on the Perry Center should start in late July or August. The building should be complete by fall 2013.

The center was designed by HKP Architects of Mount Vernon.

More information and a video of the project is online.

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