EERC History, Development, & Facility Renovation
The Environmental Education and Research Center’s indoor facility is located in the Annex to the Saint Edward State Park Gymnasium. The EERC’s learning and gathering spaces include a multipurpose classroom, office, and outdoor learning area.
2022 – 2023
- UW Bothell equips the facility with furniture, technology, and supplies
- Interagency Agreement between Washington State Parks and UW Bothell completed and signed.
2021 – 2022
- EERC building renovation completed
- The EERC includes the classroom and office space as well as the Outdoor Learning Area (OLA)
- An interagency agreement between Washington State Parks and UW Bothell in development
- $750,000 allocated by Washington State Legislature for facility design and renovation
- Collaborative design work for EERC headed by Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young (SKL) Architects.
- 2,200 ft2 interior space with classroom, office, and reading room space. Sinks and counters for wet lab activities included.
- Outdoor learning area to include garden and seating
- Sustainability design features leading to Core Green® Building Designation pending funding.
- UW Bothell commits support over 3½ years to develop EERC infrastructure and programming
- MOU for EERC operations signed between UW Bothell and Washington State Parks
- EERC Website, newsletters, and social media established
- Renovation begins in March 2021
- EERC Community-based planning process
- MOU for planning process signed between UW Bothell and Washington State Parks
- Funding provided by Washington State Legislature
- Process led by EERC Planning Committee and EERC Community Advisory Board
- Three public forums (charrette-style) held
- 2019 EERC Final Report
Washington State Parks signed a lease with Daniels Real Estate company to renovate the main seminary building for use as a lodge. Community input resulted in the lease including over 2,000 square feet of space for an environmental education center in the gym annex building.
- Short YouTube Video with a tour of the facility: https://youtu.be/FXrzEe1k36g
- Old seminary to become new hotel, The Seattle Times, Jan 9, 2017