Supply and Services / Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

$1.7-million tender awarded for Phase 1 of work at Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction (09/09/09)

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Sept. 9, 2009

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The first tender for construction on the new Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction to be located on the NBCC campus - Saint John has been awarded as part of a $30-million investment. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today.

The $1.7-million contract was awarded to Classic Construction of Saint John. The work is in preparation for construction of the new building, and will include construction of new parking lots and a new road along the western side of the campus, as well as upgrades to campus entrances from Grandview Avenue.

"Our government has committed to an unprecedented investment of $1.2 billion in strategic infrastructure projects over the next two years, and a substantial portion of those investments are being made in our post-secondary institutions," said Doherty. "I'm so pleased that NBCC Saint John students will have the opportunity to receive their training in a state-of-the-art facility that features the latest in energy-efficient design, construction and operation."

The 7,500-sq.-metre (80,700-sq.-ft.) building will include a mix of high-tech classrooms and labs. It will house engineering technology programs in industrial control technology, power engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, civil engineering technology, process control technician, process piping drafting and design, and energy systems technology.

"By building the new Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction at the existing NBCC Saint John campus, we are moving forward with Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick, and increasing the NBCC student capacity," said Post-Secondary, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "This investment shows that our government recognizes the importance of investing today in future generations."

As part of the government's Green Buildings Program, the new space is being designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rating system used by industry to measure green building performance in Canada.

Foundation and structural steel work is expected to begin this fall, with construction scheduled for completion in Spring 2011.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Marie-Josée Groulx, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.

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