September 5, 2018

Staff field trip 2018

Each summer, the Department of Architecture staff, Fab Lab staff, and Department Chair take a field trip to a local destination with a connection to the world of architecture and design.  On a sunny day in August the group visited the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) on Seattle’s Lake Union.

Our tour was led by CWB Executive Director Brandt Faatz, and we started the afternoon with a visit to the almost-completed Wagner Education Center designed by award-winning Olson Kundig Architects and built by Schuchart Construction.  The 2-story space will feature the Bill Garden Boatshop, a tribute to the designer and friend of CWB, where boats will be built and maintained and where traditional maritime skills can be showcased, as well as provide additional classroom and exhibit space to augment the CWB’s existing floating structures.  Our group was able to get a behind the scenes look at the raw space before the center opens to the public this fall.

We then moved outside to the boat dock with Brandt sharing stories behind several of the wooden boats belonging to the center: some boats donated and for sale, others waiting to be rented for an hour or an afternoon.  Tiny colorful sailboats were lined up to be used for youth program sailing lessons.

We toured the existing CWB facilities where administrative offices and the gift shop will eventually be moved to the new Wagner Education Center, and finished with a look at the Center’s large wooden ships.

After the tour our group enjoyed lunch together at Citizen Coffee and mused on where our 2019 field trip may take us next.  It was a good day.