Community members are invited to join in the groundbreaking for Peninsula College at Port Townsend, Tuesday, May 12 at 3:30 pm. Golden shovels will kick off the ceremonial event at Building 202 at Fort Worden, located at 200 Battery Way in Port Townsend.
Building 202, originally a barracks at Fort Worden, is slated for a $6.1 million dollar renovation project. Once completed, the building will serve as Peninsula College’s campus in East Jefferson County.
“Building 202 is a game changer for us in East Jefferson County,” said Luke Robins, Peninsula College president. “Our current facility is totally inadequate, and our Board of Trustees has made a clear commitment to providing state-of-the-art learning spaces for our students, regardless of location. Our newly renovated Peninsula College at Forks site is evidence of that ongoing commitment, and 202 will provide a similar 21st century learning space for students in the eastern part of our service area.” Once renovated, the building will include four general classrooms, a science classroom, a studio/art room, a learning lab, a workforce training room, student study space, reception and advising areas, and faculty offices.
The facility will be available for use by the Fort Worden PDA during periods when it is not in use by the college. According to Dave Robison, executive director of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority (PDA), one of the primary reasons the City created the PDA was to partner with the College to help facilitate the Building 202 project at Fort Worden. "This is a cornerstone project that will further implement the vision of the Lifelong Learning Center and provide a strong foundation for expanding arts, cultural and educational programs and classes at the Fort," said Robison.
A brief program will include remarks from Peninsula College President, Luke Robins, Trustee Mike Maxwell, a Port Townsend community member, the City of Port Townsend and PDA representatives, among others. Refreshments will follow in the Commons at Fort Worden.
For more information, contact Pattie Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 417-6201.