Students at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) can now enjoy the benefits of a building upgrade that includes an improved exterior, technological upgrades and new amenities at the Abbotsford campus.
“Students are our future, and the roles they take after studying will contribute to building a strong and resilient economy as we look towards our post-pandemic world,” said Pam Alexis, MLA for Abbotsford-Mission. “These upgrades mean students returning to campus in the fall in the Fraser Valley can pursue their education knowing they will be studying in a modern building with the latest technological infrastructure.”
The old exterior of Building A-East of UFV’s Abbotsford campus has been replaced with an upgraded exterior cladding system, improved insulation, energy efficient windows and other infrastructure, such as roofing, flooring, lighting and fibre optic networks. The new facility will provide open and flexible learning spaces, student consultation areas, new office and classroom furniture, and other necessary amenities.
“Investing in better student spaces for in-demand courses offered by UFV enables us to improve access to education for students in communities across B.C.,” said Anne Kang, Minister, Advanced Education and Skills Training. “The renewed facility will continue to provide students an exceptional learning experience here in the Fraser Valley.”
The project has also extended the building’s lifespan with improved heating and cooling systems, digital infrastructure upgrades and better energy efficiency. Touchless entry allows access into Building A-East, flowing into the renovated Spirit Bear café area.
“While we certainly miss the energy our students bring to campus, this project is another example of the work being done to ensure the best possible campus learning environment upon their return,” said Joanne MacLean, president, UFV. “We’re especially excited knowing this targeted capital funding from the ministry will continue to help us engage learners, transform lives and build community for generations to come.”
The total project cost of $7.7 million for Phase 1 was funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. A few finishing touches, including landscaping, will complete the Building A-East component of the project.
The focus will now shift to upgrading Building D, Phase 2 of the project, a larger and more complex project that will implement similar upgrades to those of Building A-East. Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed by early 2022.
- Construction of Phase 1 of the project began in fall 2019. Phase 1 of the project was originally meant to be completed in fall 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19.
- Government is providing $19.9 million for both phases through a provincial capital grant. This is part of government’s mandate to assist public post-secondary institutions with the resources they need to support economic recovery and student success.