June 23, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - Construction is underway for the expansion of New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), Moncton campus. Local Government Minister Chris Collins and NBCC officials toured the new classroom space today.
"We are pleased to see investments at work in creating quality facilities for our students," said Collins. "In addition to recent investments we have made in the Moncton region, this is welcome news that shows a commitment to more training space to expand learning opportunities."
Collins spoke on behalf of Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty.
A $10-million, 4,080-sq.-m (43,900-sq.-ft.) wing, located behind the existing structure, will create new classroom space. The contract for phase two of construction was awarded to Marco Group for about $6.5 million.
As part of the provincial government's Green Buildings Program, the classroom space has been designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), a rating system used to measure green building performance in Canada.
A tender will be awarded this summer for construction of a new welding shop, and windows will also be installed at the campus.
"We are very pleased to see the progress of the construction at our NBCC Moncton campus," said Bill Best, NBCC interim president and chief executive officer. "These investments in our infrastructure will allow us to continue to offer relevant, responsive programming to meet the needs of industry while maintaining our focus on student success. Increased seat capacity will also ensure more students have access to a post-secondary education that leads to successful careers."
The expansions are part of the $20-million infrastructure commitment to the community college.
Construction for the classroom expansion is to be completed before the fall of 2011.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Sonya Gilks, communications, New Brunswick Community College, 506-444-3320.