A big announcement for Vancouver Island University

The Provincial and Federal governments, together with the University, are kicking in $22.4 million for a major new construction and renovation project for the marine, automotive and trades complex and a new geothermal project.

Dr. Ralph Nilson, VIU President and Vice-Chancellor says the work in the trades precinct will improve and expand training spaces for in-demand trades programs.

The expansion will increase capacity by 128 full-time equivalent spaces across the automotive, motorcycle, marine and carpentry programs.

A second project will create a District Geo-Exchange Energy System, which will reduce the carbon output for heating and cooling at VIU’s Nanaimo campus.