Thompson Rivers University celebrated the completion of its new trades training building on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting and tour.
The $32-million building constructed behind and above the older trades facility on University Drive was funded thanks to provincial and federal funding.
The federal government’s post secondary institutions strategic investment fund provided $13.25 million, more than $7 million came from the province and the remaining $11.72 million was provided by TRU and donors.
Flanked by trades students, TRU Dean of Trades Baldev Pooni told a crowd of dignitaries the new building will expand the trades department.
New programs, such as power engineering, instrumentation engineering technology and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic are now being housed in the new building — classes which the university couldn’t offer before due to limited space, Pooni told KTW.
“I think we were strong on construction trades. With this building, we are going to be strong on industrial trades,” Pooni said.
The new trades centre is 5,344 square metres and adds 550 full-time equivalent student spaces. The construction project also includes renovating 455 square metres of space in the existing School of Trades and Technology, which will provide the architectural and engineering technology program dedicated teaching areas.
The new building has many open spaces, which will enable students to collaborate and learn from each other, Pooni said.
The grand opening was supposed to be held in August, but smoky skies from wildfires burning around the province delayed the ceremony a few weeks.
Classes have been running in the new facility since the start of the month.