VIU to expand trades complex and create energy system with $22.4M investment

December 7, 2016

Vancouver Island University has received $22.4M from the federal and British Columbia governments to expand its Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex and create a District Geo-Exchange Energy System. The first project aims to improve and expand training spaces for in-demand trades programs that align with the needs of industries and employers. The expansion will create an additional 128 full-time equivalent training spaces across the automotive, motorcycle, marine, and carpentry programs. The second project will see VIU create a District Geo-Exchange Energy System that will reduce the carbon output for heating and cooling at the school's Nanaimo campus by tapping into geothermal energy. “[These projects] will support VIU’s community sustainability mandate, allowing the university to reduce its carbon footprint and engage in research and innovation in this important area,” said VIU President Ralph Nilson. BC