A LONG-AWAITED extensive renovation of Northwest Community College’s trades building at its main campus in Terrace is going ahead.
The news came this afternoon with an announcement of $11.87 million from the provincial government and $6.31 million from the federal government for a total of $18.18 million toward a total project cost of $18.4 million.
The college itself will come up with the remainder of the money.
Built in the late 1960s when the college first opened as a vocational school, the trades building has been long considered out of date and inadequate for a modern trades training environment.
College officials are estimating an approximate two-year completion window, now set at Aug. 2018.
They say they now need to put in place a plan to keep trades courses going during renovations.
Under consideration is using portables as well as other buildings on the campus.
Aboriginal relations and reconciliation minister John Rustad was on hand as the official provincial representative for the announcement.