Camosun's new Trades Education and Innovation Complex is radically enhancing the college's ability as a trades training powerhouse for the Island and beyond. It's a showcase example of education, industry and labour joining in partnership with government and their 10-year strategic plan to re-engineer skills training for BC's future economic growth.
The Complex encompasses 250,000 square feet of new and renovated classroom, lab and yard space dedicated to the delivery of 20 different trades foundation and apprenticeship programs.
Our new 80,000 square foot facility, built to LEED Gold-certified standards, opened in February 2016 with 10 brand new learning spaces including:
- a new Marine and Metal Trades Centre with expanded classrooms and shop space for Welding, Sheet Metal and Metal Fabrication, as well as Nautical and Marine Trades programs;
- a new Mechanical Trades Centre to house Heavy Duty/ Commercial Truck Transport Mechanics, Automotive Services and Aerospace-related programs;
- hands-on lab facilities to house leading-edge equipment to prepare our students to add value to BC's most forward-thinking employers;
- a large central Student Commons Atrium to provide study space to all students, foster interdisciplinary collaboration among the different trades, and offer a unique location for college and industry special events.
Work is now underway to repurpose 175,000 square feet of existing buildings to created expanded learning spaces for our construction trades.
- Construction Contractor selected
- Official Ground-breaking Ceremony
- Construction Began
- Construction concludes
- Classes begin; Complex opens its doors to welcome first students and faculty
- Repurposing and upgrading of existing trades facilities begins
- Completion of new Houle Electrical Shop and classroom space (Jack White Building)
- Completion of new Interaction Lab (Jack White Building)
- Completion of the new Knappett Carpentry Shop and classroom space (Drysdale Building)
- Completion of the new Andrew Sheret Plumbing Shop and classroom space (Drysdale Building)
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