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Published on Thursday, March 02, 2017

Construction has started on the new Trades Training Facility

When you look at the site today you don’t see much more than a large fence with a Ledcor Construction sign in the middle. The reality is that the physical structure is being manufactured at another location and it will be delivered in components to Dawson Creek. I’m calling it a “lego-block” style of construction, and although it isn’t really like that, the construction process of the main shell of the building will have some sense of that type of assembly. It will take shape very quickly once they begin.

The new facility will be a huge 56,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building which will house new teaching spaces and instructional laboratories for delivering welding, wind turbine training, carpentry, piping trades, and millwright. There will also be offices for instructors, tool cribs, a significant student gathering space, meeting room, and a Dean’s office. The facility will also have a large industrial storage area.

The building will boast a demonstration rooftop green space where plants, grass, and soil on the rooftop will contribute to the heating and air conditioning process inside the building. The building is specially designed so that if the time comes when a shop is needed to deliver another trade, and the existing shop is not in use at that time, the original machinery can all be put into storage and new machinery brought in to teach something else.

It will be connected to the Campus Centre building by a corridor which will allow year-round indoor student access to the cafeteria, library, Energy House and other student resources. The new facility will replace the current buildings which are old and date back to the US Military Base that monitored the Distant Early Warning system of the early 1950’s. The landscape of the Dawson Creek campus will change as we watch this new and exciting project unfold.

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