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$98.1 million Centre for Health, Energy & Environment supported by Manitoba government

Written On: 19 January, 2016
Category: College Life Community Provincial

Assiniboine Community College will have support from the province to redevelop the Parkland Building on the college’s North Hill Campus announced Minister of Education and Advanced Learning, James Allum, alongside Mark Frison, president, Assiniboine Community College (ACC).

“Our government has a strong record of investing in Brandon and I am tremendously proud of the hard work done by ACC to provide educational opportunities to the Westman community,” said Minister Allum.  “Our investment today ensures ACC will be able to provide exceptional education for years to come.” 

The project will redevelop the iconic 103-year-old Parkland Building, which will be home to a new Centre for Health, Energy and Environment, serving as a hub for learning and research innovation.  It will provide much-needed capacity for the college to develop and enhance programming, graduating highly skilled individuals that are job-ready and proficient in their fields, Minister Allum noted.

The Manitoba government will provide up to two-thirds of the total cost of the project, which is estimated to be $94.1 million, subject to project approval from the federal government.  The province will also provide an additional $4 million toward environmental remediation work on the project. 

“We are pleased the Province of Manitoba has made supporting the development of our North Hill Campus an infrastructure priority,” said Frison.  “This investment will better position us to serve learners, employers and communities and contribute to the economic development of Manitoba.” 

The new Centre for Health, Energy and Environment will accommodate up to 355 students to be relocated from the Victoria Avenue East Campus, as well as 192 new students.  The Centre for Health, Energy and Environment will increase capacity for education opportunities by contributing to Manitoba’s commitment to add 75,000 more workers to the labour force by 2020.

“The Brandon and Westman community will benefit for decades into the future by this transformational provincial investment being made here today,” said Municipal Government Minister Drew Caldwell.  “The Centre for Health, Energy and Environment here at ACC will further strengthen Brandon’s position as an economic hub in Westman and make Brandon an even better place to learn, work and live.”

CHEE Announcement, Jan 19, 2016A crowd gathered for the official announcement inside the Parkland building's auditorium. 

 

Ministers Caldwell and Allum join ACC president Mark Frison and SA president Tamara Studer[L to R] Minister James Allum, Minister Caldwell, Students' Association president Tamara Studer and ACC president Mark Frison.

 

Minister Allum speaks to the impact this project will have on Manitoba

 

Parkland BuildingA view of the Parkland building on ACC's North Hill Campus.