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Work beginning on new NBCC Fredericton campus and expansion of NBCC Saint John (10/01/18)

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Jan. 18, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Construction has begun on the new Fredericton campus of the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) and will start soon on an expansion at the Saint John campus. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today.

In Fredericton, Philson Ltd. has been awarded a $299,817 contract for site preparation. Castle Rock Construction Services Inc. has been awarded a $1,639,800 contract for the foundation and structural steel work. The $15-million facility, to be located on the University of New Brunswick campus, will cover 4,840 square m (52,115 square ft) and accommodate programs in health, business administration, information technology, engineering technology and social services.

"I am pleased to see work getting underway on this important project," said Doherty. "It will provide NBCC Fredericton students with an exciting new learning environment and will provide significant economic stimulus by generating 130 jobs during construction."

In Saint John, Phase 2 of the new Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction will soon begin because Avondale Construction Ltd. has been awarded a $2,023,900 contract for foundation and structural steel work.

The $25-million facility will cover 7,440 square m (80,100 square ft) and 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.

"With the establishment of a new community college campus in Fredericton and expansion of the Saint John campus, the provincial government is increasing student capacity and moving forward with Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick," said Post-Secondary, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "The government is making this investment for current and future students in New Brunswick."

Construction of the two facilities is expected to generate more than 350 jobs. Both projects are scheduled for completion in spring 2011.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-476-0542.

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