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Source: University of Northern British Columbia

Renovations Begin at New Terrace Campus

October 18, 2006

The University of
Northern British Columbia has selected two companies from the Northwest
region to undertake renovations at its new Terrace campus building. The
facility, located at 4837 Keith Avenue, is expected to open in early 2007
and house classrooms, labs, and offices.

UNI Construction of Terrace is the recipient of a $245,105 contract to
renovate the interior of the building to make it suitable for University
use. A new roof will be provided by 101 Industries of Kitimat for a price of

"This new facility will nearly triple our physical space in Terrace and
provide us with a higher profile location in the community," says UNBC
President Don Cozzetto. "Over the years, we have seen an increase in our
local programming and this has translated into greater numbers of students.
This fall alone, we have seen a 16% increase in student numbers in Terrace
compared to last year. We have simply outgrown our existing facility that we
lease on Park Avenue."

The 1,315 square metre (14,000 square feet) building will be renovated in
stages. The first stage will cover nearly half of the building and include 7
classrooms and seminar rooms (including a videoconference classroom, a
27-seat computer lab, and a Nursing classroom), a 50-seat public lecture
room, 9 administrative and faculty offices, and a student lounge and study
area. Wireless capacity also will be installed in the first phase.

UNBC currently offers a wide range of courses in Terrace, including
Education, Nursing, Environmental Studies, Social Work, English, Geography,
History and First Nations Studies. The Nursing program began last year in
conjunction with Northwest Community College, where students take their
first two years before transferring to UNBC to complete their degrees. A
second phase of renovations will be undertaken prior to the launch of the
Bachelor of Education program which will start in September 2007.

Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC -



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