A record amount of major capital projects are scheduled at the College of New Caledonia campuses in Prince George and Quesnel.
Construction has already begun on the $19.7 million Technical Education Centre located the college main campus and the $9.8 million second phase of the Quesnel Trades and Technology Centre.
In addition, renovations are underway to create teaching and laboratory space for the new medical radiography program being offered by the college. Repairs to the campus atrium roof and a complete renovation of the cafeteria serving area are slated to begin this summer.
In total $31.94 million in projects are under construction or slated to begin in the coming months, CNC president John Bowman said.
“In an ideal world we wouldn’t be doing so many projects simultaneously, but when opportunities like medical radiography and KIP come along, you have to take advantage of them,” Bowman said.
KIP, the federal government Knowledge Infrastructure Program, contributed $9.75 million to the construction of the Technical Education Centre at CNC. KIP also contributed funding to the construction of the Quesnel Trades and Technology Centre.
Funding for the $600,000 renovation of the college cafeteria was funded through cafeteria operations.
CNC facilities manager Jim Hoyer said the projects will benefit the campus both visibly, and behind the scenes.
“The cafeteria area is undergoing some badly-needed renovations. The whole serving area will be all new,” Hoyer said. “Our old infrastructure is in dire need of replacement. We got creative with looking at putting the new boilers for the tech centre in the power plant and… using them to heat this building (the main campus) as well. It’s not for sure… but it’s looking very promising.”
The cafeteria renovation, roof repair and first phase of radiology program renovations will be completed by mid-August, he said.
“All of the projects… are on schedule and under budget, or close to budget.”