Assiniboine unveils new 700 sq. ft Badger Creek Plumbing & Heating Mezzanine

Chris Bridges, Kate Pelletier, Kevin Poirier, Mark Frison cut the ribbon at the Badger Creek Plumbing & Heating Mezzanine
Chris Bridges, Kate Pelletier, Kevin Poirier, Mark Frison cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the Badger Creek Plumbing & Heating Mezzanine

Assiniboine Community College proudly unveiled the new Badger Creek Plumbing & Heating Mezzanine within the Len Evans Centre for Trades and Technology at the North Hill Campus yesterday.

Combined contributions from local donors made the mezzanine development a reality. The additional 700-square-foot mezzanine ensures Assiniboine has some of the most advanced learning tools available to students across the country within the apprenticeship system.

"We are grateful for the generous support of our community members who have made this mezzanine possible for our students," said Nathan Campbell, President of ACC Foundation. “The Foundation is proud to play an important role in establishing the new learning and working spaces on campus,”

There was strong support for the project from local Brandon businesses and individuals. Badger Creek Plumbing & Heating saw the significance of this development supported the project.

We felt our donation towards the refresh of the plumbing mezzanine would be beneficial in attracting tradesmen and women to Assiniboine and our local community.” said Badger Creek Plumbing & Heating Owner Chris Bridges.

“Badger Creek cares about the local economy and felt there was no better way to show its appreciation and commitment to customers, partners and the community, than to invest back locally” said Badgers.

As a major employer in the City of Brandon, we felt having the facility brought up to date and modernized would allow students the best opportunity to achieve the necessary skills during their education.” said J&G Group CEO Jared Jacobson.

The increased teaching space available allows for future expansion of classes and equipment, thus keeping the college’s programs current. The increased floor space allows Assiniboine to install more equipment for student training, electrical lines can be positioned by each furnace so students can practise hard wiring the unit, directly supporting the ‘learn by doing’ experience for students.

“The new mezzanine provides additional space and resources for students, improving their hands-on learning experience,” said Assiniboine Chair of Construction Trades Grant Lawford. “The space will allow students to experience real world situations within the classroom and for more classes to use the shop simultaneously.”

Assiniboine is committed to delivering education and training that responds well to the needs of employers and the Manitoba economy. Plumbing students will continue to learn all aspects of their trade in a safe environment. The increased space will allow for growth in pre-employment and apprenticeship students while enhancing the classroom environment.