BCIT Announces $33 Million for New Trades and Technology Complex
September 20, 2023 | By HPAC Magazine
The Complex will have capacity for 700 new full-time student spots across multiple trades.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has announced a milestone of $33 million in funding towards its new state-of-the-art Trades and Technology Complex.
The Complex will increase access for students pursuing a trades and technology education and career, which will help the Province of B.C. meet the demand for an estimated 85,000 new trades jobs expected over the next 10 years.
The $220 million Trades and Technology Complex will provide an adaptive, innovative, and flexible learning environment through leading-edge, energy-efficient, sustainable design.
It will have capacity for 700 new full-time student spots annually, alleviating waitlists, and delivering the trades training needed to meet the labour needs of the province.
The Complex will serve as a living lab where students from different disciplines–such as engineering, architecture and construction – interact, collaborate, and undertake projects together.
The Trades and Technology Complex will allow BCIT to offer significantly more in-person training and increase delivery of immersive training for specialized areas, including mass timber construction and net-zero buildings.
Features for advancing education will include:
- Four covered work yards
- Simulation-based learning areas
- Cross-disciplinary sim labs for trades and technology collaboration
- Welding simulation lab
“The generosity and support of donors has made this incredible project possible and ensured continued strength in BCIT’s unique offering,” commented BCIT President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky in a media release.