Technology Development Center

Exterior photo

Innovation on the Waterfront

The 10,000 square foot Technology Development Center at 1000 F Street is a unique hub for applied research and technical training.  It combines private sector needs of industry, entrepreneurs and makers with practical application in technologies and workforce training. The facility is shared by Western Washington University and Bellingham Technical College engineering programs,  The TDC is also home to the IDEA Institute and The Foundry MakerSpace

The Port constructed the facility with support from the Washington State Dept of Commerce and Federal funding and serves as the manager.

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Activities in the Center

  • Advanced materials engineering is a key focus. BTC's Composites Engineering Technology program prepares students for work in composite manufacturing. Aerospace, recreation equipment and marine are specific applications.  Students get hands on practice using state of the art equipment and training.  WWU faculty and students complement this effort through applied R&D projects with industry.  The two schools are also partnering on renewable energy projects.
  • The Bellingham Foundry is a community makerspace  that provides tools and resources for people to turn creative ideas into products and processes.  
  • The WWU IDEA Institute is operating an IDEA Lab to foster multi-purpose, interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and innovation for students and promote student involvement with business.

TDC floor layout