June 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Renovations to the Soldiers Barracks in Fredericton are underway as the building is being prepared to become part of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Environment Minister Rick Miles and Michael Maynard, college principal, visited the site today.
"This government is pleased to see the results of investments we have made in important infrastructure in New Brunswick communities," said Miles. "While committing to work on this historical building, we are also providing facilities for educational opportunities."
Miles was speaking on behalf of Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty.
The provincial government has invested more than $1.1 million in renovations to the barracks. Current work includes replacing the veranda and enclosing a new stairwell. This work is expected to be finished by the end of June, when landscaping can begin. This fall, an elevator will be installed and interior renovations made. The college will begin using the barracks in January 2011.
"This expansion into the Soldiers Barracks is terrific news for the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design," said Maynard. "Our learning environment will be enhanced with a combination of student lounge, new classrooms and a computer lab, a new photo studio and administrative offices. And the heightened physical presence of our campus on Fredericton's downtown Queen Street will greatly enhance our public profile."
The college is now independent of the New Brunswick Community College, and it has recently been designated a centre of artistic and creative excellence.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Jaclyn Wilson, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, 506-444-4211.