Opened in 2007, the initial 10,758 ft2 facility included offices and meeting rooms which created common ground through education and collaboration among a range of partners and interests. It earned LEED Silver Certification for its use of green building practices. A 15,998 ft2 wing was added in 2011 that includes an aquatic research and propagation laboratory, specimen/biology laboratory, water quality laboratory, hydrology laboratory, classrooms and additional office space. This addition earned LEED gold certification.


The Water & Environmental Center also helps direct sustainability efforts for the Walla Walla Community College campuses.  Check out the WWCC Sustainability Plan 2018-21.