Construction begins on Okanagan’s new trades facility

May 23, 2014

Construction on Okanagan College’s new trades training facility is underway, with college staff, faculty, and students joined by BC’s Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk for the official groundbreaking on Wednesday. This is the second phase of the project, with the first phase, consisting of extensive renovations to existing buildings, already complete. The new 3-storey facility will add more than 5,500 square metres of space for classrooms, workshops, and student study areas. The expansion project will provide room for more than 2,400 students, allowing all trades students to be in one location. The $33-million project is funded largely by the BC government, which committed $28 million; a fundraising campaign is underway for the remainder. Okanagan President Jim Hamilton stated, “[the province’s investment] sends a strong message about the importance of trades training and the value we place on our tradespeople. Our students and apprentices will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment that will set the bar for sustainability in trades training facilities in the region.” BC News Release | Capital News | Global News