April 08, 2009 19:00 ET

BCIT and the Federal and Provincial Governments Announce $39.1 Million for Campus Gateway Building on Burnaby Campus

Complex will include a welcome centre, sustainable energy systems, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) welcomes today's announcement by the federal and provincial governments of $39.1 million in funding for a revitalized Campus Gateway Building at the BCIT Burnaby Campus.

The complex, located just south of Willingdon Avenue and Canada Way will provide a welcome centre and a central location for BCIT student services and associated administrative support. This Campus Gateway Building project marks the beginning of the renewal of the BCIT Burnaby Campus and will provide new learning spaces, upgrades to classroom and lab capacity as well as centralized student services and collaboration facilities. The construction of the project will create up to 250 additional jobs.

"I'd like to commend both the federal and provincial governments for recognizing the importance of renewing the capital of the post-secondary education system," says Don Wright, president of BCIT. "I'd also like to express our sincere appreciation for the leadership the provincial government has shown in pulling together a system-wide approach for British Columbia."

An existing administrative building will be revitalized and upgraded as part of the project. The current building SW1 will undergo a seismic upgrade which will extend the building's useful life. The new structure will be energy efficient, helping reduce carbon emissions and introduce sustainable energy applications including a micro-electricity grid that harnesses alternative energy sources.

This investment is part of the federal government's two-year, $2-billion plan to repair and expand research and educational facilities at Canadian post-secondary institutions. In B.C. the federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of the cost of selected projects on a cost-share basis with the Province.

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