EDMONTON — The Government of Alberta is putting $98 million for 12 projects at 10 post-secondary institutions as part of the province’s recovery plan.
The projects range from redevelopment and expansion of existing buildings to upgrading mechanical and electrical systems as well as replacing cooling and heating infrastructure.
“Alberta’s Recovery Plan includes funding for key infrastructure projects that will get Albertans working, now. We’re taking an approach that balances our commitment to fiscal responsibility while creating jobs along the way. This new funding will help us meet students’ evolving needs, give researchers new and better spaces to further their important work, and make sure our campuses stay safe and welcoming places,” Alberta Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides said in a statement.
The University of Lethbridge will receive $20 million to upgrade their district heating and cooling centre. Lakeland College will receive $17.3 million to modernize the Mead Building. Olds College will expand its Animal Health Education Centre with $15.16 million in funding.
The Northern Institute of Technology in Edmonton will receive $8.13 million to upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in its O Building and the University of Alberta will use $8 million to renew, replace and upgrade mechanical and electrical systems in the Brain and Aging Research Building, along with another $8 million to install a new piping system to heat and cool the Tory Building.
Lethbridge College will receive $3.35 million for hazmat abatement as well as upgrading mechanical systems and replacing lighting and ceiling features and $3.2 million will go to Keyano College to ensure building code compliance. The Banff Centre will use $2.58 million to replace heating, ventilation, cooling and other support systems in its theatre complex and Medicine Hat College will use $850,000 to replace the campus’s electrical substation.
“Alberta’s Recovery Plan is spending $10 billion on vital public infrastructure in every corner of the province. This includes $2 billion on shovel-ready capital maintenance and renewal to create jobs today while Albertans face record unemployment. These important projects will enhance the value of our province’s infrastructure,” Alberta Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panada added.