SURREY, B.C. — Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Spruce Building officially reopened this fall after a $22-million renovation.
The scope of the renovation added 2,100 square metres of space to the 27-year-old Spruce Building on the university’s Surrey Campus at 12666 72 Ave.
The project included KMBR Architects-designed renovations to the 3,417-square-metre building to improve existing heating, lighting and data systems.
The engineering design was provided by Smith and Andersen as mechanical and electrical consultants and Bush, Bohlman and Partners as structural engineers. Stantec Engineers were the technical advisers for the project.
The renovation also includes a new addition that will allow space for 300 more students to study at KPU, including in two recently launched programs, the bachelor of science degrees in biology and health science.
Construction was completed by Yellowridge Design Build Ltd., an arm of Yellowridge Construction Ltd., from Port Moody, B.C.
Melanie Mark, B.C.’s minister of advanced education, skills and training, said in a statement the renovated Spruce Building is now one of the most innovative learning spaces in the province.
“Students in science, health science and the arts will benefit from the new science labs and exciting arts spaces, including 3-D studios and digital arts labs,” she said.
The provincial government contributed $14.7 million to the project and an additional $7.3 million came from the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.