SAINT JOHN - The province has awarded the first contract in a project to build a $30-million energy and construction facility at New Brunswick Community College's Saint John campus.
A $1.7-million contract has been awarded to Classic Construction of Saint John to build new parking lots and a new road along the western side of the campus, Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty announced Wednesday. Classic submitted the lowest bid.
"I'm so pleased that NBCC Saint John students will have the opportunity to receive their training in a state-of-the-art facility that features the latest in energy efficient design, construction and operation," said Doherty, MLA for Saint John Harbour, in a press release.
The work is in preparation for the new building, called the Centre of Excellence in Energy and Construction. Classic Construction will also upgrade the campus entrances on Grandview Avenue.
The new facility - touted as a draw for the city's aging community college campus - will be 7,500 square metres in size. It will house classes and labs for programs in industrial control technology, power engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, civil engineering technology, process control technician, process piping, drafting and design, and energy systems technology.
The building is designed to achieve a silver rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green standard, known as LEED.
Foundation and structural steel work on the building should begin this fall, with construction scheduled to be finished by spring 2011, the release said.
Source: Published Thursday September 10th, 2009 - Telegraph Journal