Thursday December 16, 2010

Education

UFV Reaps $10M For Expansion 

14,000 sq. ft educational facility to include Aboriginal Meeting Place

BC Gov't release/Voice file photo

 

tudents at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) will soon have improved and expanded facilities, thanks to an additional $10 million in support of major expansion and renovation projects underway at the Canada Education Park campus in Chilliwack.

 John Les, MLA for Chilliwack and Barry Penner, MLA for Chilliwack-Hope, joined UFV executive, faculty, staff and students today to announce the B.C. government’s further investment in the Chilliwack campus.

 “The University of the Fraser Valley is a key player in the future of this area, and government’s investment will ensure they are able to get the most value from the completed project,” said Les. “Construction of a new building at this campus, along with renovations to the existing engineering building, will enhance education opportunities for students in our region, while generating jobs for our community.”

 The $40-million campus development project – expected to be completed by fall 2011 – will be built to LEED Gold certification and follow the Wood First initiative. The project includes construction of a multi-purpose building, an Aboriginal gathering place, along with renovations to the existing engineering building that was originally part of the Chilliwack Canadian Forces Base.

“The Fraser Valley is a dynamic region that is focused on building for the future and becoming one of the best places to live, work and raise a family,” said Penner. “It’s exciting to know that students here have access to such a variety of educational choices right here in our own backyard.”

The new multi-purpose building will be up to 14,000 square metres, and will include wet and dry laboratories, classrooms and study space. Health sciences programs – currently offered at the old North Chilliwack campus – will be transferred to the new space when it is complete. The new building will also house the teacher education program, and expanded Aboriginal access services and programs.

 “We are grateful to the Province of B.C. for supporting the ongoing development of the University of the Fraser Valley,” said Mark Evered, UFV president. “This expansion of our campus on such a beautiful site in Chilliwack has been designed to foster vibrant engagement between faculty and students from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, and complements our nearby trades and technology centre We have a strong record of success in serving our students and our communities, and this new complex will help us meet growing demands.”

To date, the B.C. government has provided UFV with $7.5 million in funding for acquisition of the 84-acre Chilliwack Canadian Forces Base site, $600,000 for the Aboriginal Gathering Place, $10 million towards the major expansion and renovations at Canada Education Park Campus as well as $21.6 million to fund the major renovation of Building 1040, creating the new Trades and Technology Centre at the Chilliwack campus.

Improving UFV's facilities in Chilliwack through this new building and renovation project will support the nationally-recognized teaching and programs offered at the university. In a recent Globe and Mail university report, UFV earned the highest marks of any public post-secondary institution in British Columbia, racking up top marks for quality of education, student-faculty interaction, ease of registration, most satisfied students, and quality of teaching and technology.

 

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