Feb. 11, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government has invested more than $3 million for renovations to Jones House on the campus of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. The announcement was made by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
"It is always a great pleasure for me to announce an investment of several million dollars in the post-secondary education sector," Arseneault said. "As I have said time and again, our post-secondary education system is student-focused because the graduates of tomorrow are our future. Education is the way we build a self-sufficient future for New Brunswick, and the announcement today supports this goal."
Through programs such as the University Deferred Maintenance Program and the University Infrastructure Improvement Program, the provincial government has allocated $3,177,000 toward the project. UNB spent more than $1.5 million to support the infrastructure upgrades.
The funds were used to build a student health centre, counselling services centre, international relations office, and a student affairs and services office.
UNB President Eddy Campbell said the renovations were designed to improve student accessibility.
"This new centre brings the majority of student services together under one roof and enhances our ability to meet students' needs," Campbell said. "One of the key features of the building is its accessibility. The very first phase of the renovation was the installation of an elevator. We've also added a ramp to the front of the building, and all washrooms are wheelchair accessible."
The modernization of Jones House began two years ago at an initial cost of nearly $5 million.
Jones House, built in 1958, was the first building at UNB intended to house students; it did so for more than 50 years. Jones House was named in honour of Cecil Charles Jones, UNB president from 1906 to 1940.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori-Jean Johnson, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2039.