Designs for NBCC buildings unveiled

SAINT JOHN - A new $21-million "centre of excellence" that will act as a draw to the city's community college campus will be built in front of an aging college building where a parking lot now stands.


The Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction be built on the NBCC campus.


The Allied Health Centre will be constructed on the UNBSJ campus at Tucker Park. It will open in September 2011.

The energy and construction facility on the Grandview Avenue campus will open in September 2011.

On Monday morning, Post-Secondary Education Minister Donald Arsenault and Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty joined students, faculty and community leaders to unveil the building's design.

At the same time, the first glimpse of the design for the community college's $23-million Allied Health Centre was unveiled. It will be constructed on the campus of the University of New Brunswick Saint John, at Tucker Park, and also open in September 2011.

The 2,250-square-metre building will be built for the college's health-related programs, including medical laboratory technology, respiratory therapy, pharmacy technology and licensed practical nursing.

The two new college buildings will expand enrolment by 600 students.

"It's going to be a centrepiece," college principal Diane Burt said of the Centre of Excellence for Energy and Construction.

"You'll be able to see it when you drive in."

The 9,000-square-metre building will take up a large portion of the college's parking lot but there is plenty of space for parking behind the building, she said.

"It's a great spot for it. It helps build the campus. It gives it a strong presence and allows a lot of synergies between the programs that exist in this building and in the new building."

Doherty said his team is "absolutely delighted" with the artist's drawings. "It's a beautifully designed building that fits in with the rest of campus and is designed to meet program needs," he said.

The design unveilings were part of a big day for post-secondary education in Saint John on Monday, with federal and provincial governments making funding announcements earlier in the day, including money for a new commons building at Tucker Park.

"By building a new NBCC campus in Saint John, we are moving forward with 'be inspired, be ready, be better,' " Arseneault said, referring to the government's action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick.

Earlier on Monday, Saint John MP Rodney Weston announced $2.5 million for the college's energy programs building.


Source: Published Tuesday June 9th, 2009 - Telegraph Journal