The Northwest Construction Consumer Council named Bellingham Technical College’s Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences the 2014 best project under $10 million at their annual Distinguished Project Awards.
The Perry Center, designed by HKP architects of Mount Vernon, is in Maritime Heritage Park, in Bellingham. Bellingham Technical College is leasing the building from the City of Bellingham.
The classroom building, which is used by the college’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program, replaced a wastewater treatment plant. The 8,000 square-foot building includes classroom space, dry and wet laboratories, a shellfish lab, offices and a locker room.
“It took collaboration, creativity and flexibility by the project team and our staff to overcome the many challenges,” said Patricia McKeown, college president, in a press release. “This facility will be a wonderful education resource for students and community for generations to come.
This is the Perry Center’s second award. In 2013, the project won the Northwest Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2013 sustainability award.
Bellingham Technical College raised more than $2 million through local donors and corporate partnerships. The State of Washington provided $2 million in matching funds, according to a press release.
The Perry Center was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver standards, the third-highest rating that the U.S. Green Building Council awards.