Ground was officially broken February 9 to mark the start of construction for the new $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).
Kamloops-South-Thompson MLA and Transportation Minister Todd Stone was joined by Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, as well as Alan Shaver, president of TRU.
The 5,344-square-metre centre will allow the university to expand its trades and technology programs by an additional 550 full-time equivalent student spaces (FTEs), for a total of approximately 2,142 FTEs. The renovated space in the School of Trades and Technology Building will be used by the architectural and engineering technology program.
“This new facility will enable Thompson Rivers University to co-locate trades and technology programs, a move that supports our university’s contribution of relevant education and research to various industry sectors in Canada. Because we have an excellent working knowledge of the skill sets that local industries and employers need to sustain their businesses, TRU can provide the education for the rewarding careers our students deserve in the trades and technology sectors, said Shaver, president.
The Government of Canada contributed $13.25 million and the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education provided $7.03 million toward the $30-million cost of the project. TRU and donors, including Western Economic Diversification Canada, contributed an additional $9.72 million.
Completion of the Industrial Training and Technology Centre is expected in the spring of 2018 with occupancy in the fall of 2018. Construction of the new centre is expected to generate 108 direct and 82 indirect jobs for the region.
The funding is supported by the Government of Canada through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.
The total investment in the Province of British Columbia through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund is $671 million including:
- $256 million from the Government of Canada.
- $269 million from the Province of British Columbia.
- $146 million from post-secondary institutions and donors.
The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province, and in doing so, these construction projects are creating well-paying, family-supporting jobs.
Nearly one million job openings are expected in B.C. over the next decade, and eight out of 10 of these openings will require post-secondary education. In-demand occupations requiring post-secondary education or training range from professional to management to trades.
- The centre will be built to meet LEED Gold building standard, the Wood First Act and Apprentices on Public Project in BC policy.
- Currently, there are over 1,500 seats in construction trades, mechanical trades, industrial electrician and industrial instrumentation technology programs at TRU.