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Campus Renovations

October 2017

Update from Bruce Denis, Capital Projects Manager

The campus renovations in Terrace are really starting to take shape. The project is on schedule, on budget and well within scope. 

Some milestones we hit over the last six weeks:

  • Automotive bay relocated three hoists, completed structural upgrades for seismic life-safety requirements, installed new electrical infrastructure, new lighting, three new overhead doors, a new battery room and some new work benches.
  • Tool crib bay has new tool crib walls and counter, electrical and mechanical infrastructure, new overhead door, new lighting and structural upgrades. A new shelving system for this area is expected to be installed in November.
  • Carpentry bay wood floor is being refinished, a new dust extraction system is being installed, new electrical infrastructure and some mechanical upgrades underway.
  • Classroom block is in the process of being demolished and this includes hazmat removal which is complete, removal of existing mechanical equipment, removal of existing electrical infrastructure, coring the punch holes through the block wall and some minor structural upgrades.
  • Front atrium/student area has made considerable progress in the last few weeks. The shell of the atrium including glulam columns, structural steel, structural CLT panels and the CLT Roof are in place and we expect to pour the concrete floor by the end of next week. This will set the area up nicely for interior work over the winter.
  •  Welding bay demolition has begun and construction on the new welding bay should begin in the next few weeks.

IDL Projects produces a monthly labour report that allows us to track the following metrics:

September 2017 Labour Report

Description Hours to Date* This Period % of Job
Total hours worked 22390.5 4596.5 100 %
NWCC graduates 7320 1641.5 32.69 %
Apprentices 4299.5 1063.5 19.20 %
First Nations employees 4443 961.5 19.84 %
Job Fair hires 3724.5 918.5 16.63 %

 

August 2017

We are currently preparing to have the Trades building ready for students beginning September 5. Here are some updates on what has happened over the summer:

  • Demolition is complete in the old bookstore café. Mechanical and electrical rough-ins are complete, structural upgrades are nearing completion and the foundation is ready to pour.
  • The Automotive bay will reopen in September with a total of three overhead doors accessed from the west. They will have a new battery room, new lights and a new configuration of lifts. There will still be some work to complete such as a new exhaust extraction system.
  • The new Tool Crib is looking great. With birch veneer plywood walls, a new shelving system and new front counter.
  • With Carpentry Foundation starting on October 10, the Carpentry Bay has completed demolition and hazmat work and is waiting for the flooring contractor to sand and polish the floor before the new dust extraction system is installed.
  • A large portion of the new classrooms are now under construction. Holes have been cut into the walls to accommodate the new glazing and IDL are currently completing hazmat and demo work down the south side of the hallway.                      

If you have any questions about the progress of the Trades Construction Project, please contact Project Manager Bruce Denis by email at bdenis@nwcc.bc.ca or by phone: 250.635.6511 Ext. 5275.

 

July 2017

The Terrace campus is becoming increasingly busy with the Trades Campus revitalization project, the facilities department summer work and soon a revitalization of the rugby field being undertaken by the Rugby Association. As a result we have a large number of pieces of grounds (mowers, weed eaters, etc) and construction equipment being utilized throughout the campus area. All parties involved in the campus projects try their best to minimize the level of risk as much as possible, by scheduling work during quieter hours, using cones/barricades to demarcate work area, etc. As an NWCC employee, we also have a responsibility to ensure the safety of others and ourselves. A couple of reminders for all:

  • Keep a safe distance (min. 50 ft) from all equipment
  • Do not cross behind a piece of equipment that is in the process of backing up
  • Be diligent about avoiding areas that are marked off with cones / barricades
  • If you need to move within 50 ft of a piece of equipment, never approach from behind the operator and be sure to make eye contact – they can’t keep you safe if they can’t see you
  • As we continue to see more students on campus, please keep an eye out for them and give them friendly reminders as well

Everyone’s efforts towards maintaining a safe work environment for all are greatly appreciated!

 

June 2017

IDL Projects has closed the west entrance to the trades building and built a new sidewalk for users to access the northwest entrance near the squash courts. This entrance is handicap accessible. They have also placed fencing around the construction site and will be making the east entrance handicap accessible as well.

Over the first half of June, IDL projects will be:

  • Demolishing the Bookstore Café area of the Trades Building
  • Removing electrical and mechanical components in the Automotive Shop
  • Structural upgrades in the Automotive shop
  • Tool Crib framing in the Tool Crib Bay
  • Structural upgrades in the Tool Crib Bay

The following work is scheduled for the Spruce building:

  • The addition of 5 new workstations in room 103B, bringing the capacity to 24
  • Decommissioning and construction of a wall to divide room 109 in half
  • Relocation of the health lab from Cedar to Spruce 111

 

May 2017

Update from Bruce Denis, Manager, Capital Projects:

  • Hazmat remediation and some demolition work has started in the tool crib bay.
  • IDL Site Office (trailer) has been set up in front of Cedar building.
  • IDL will be running site safety courses for anyone who may need access to the construction site.
  • Contracts have been signed for two of the four work packages that make up the construction project and the first two tenders have been posted to BC Bid. 

 

April 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who has been affected by the beginning of early works on the Trades building renovations. Many departments had to move to new, temporary homes in order to prepare the building for work to start. The bookstore, café, trades classes, the IT department, tool crib, warehouse and print shop are among the many departments that have moved to new locations to accommodate the work – we know that is a lot of transition and are grateful for your cooperation.

We’re still at the beginning stages of the project, but first underway is the tool crib. The existing tool crib has been cleared out and cleaned up in anticipation of work starting there March 23. Demolition and hazardous material removal is under way. “So far the remediation has been a smooth process,” says Bruce Denis, of the work happening in the tool crib. In the coming weeks similar work will get underway in the front area of the building where the former bookstore and café were located.

 

March 2017

  • The Bookstore Cafe has relocated to the Waap Haawk Cafeteria
  • The Bookstore has relocated to the Library and will re-open March 8, 2017
  • The Fitness Centre and Squash Courts will be closed until further notice

Check back soon for further updates and announcements.

 

January 2017

Campus Space Consultation

The following two space use options were presented at the January 13, 2017 Community Collaboration at the Terrace campus.

Roughly 40 people attended the collaboration and provided further feedback to inform next steps.

These options were derived in large part through previous rounds of collaboration with campus and community members.

Option A

  • Leave the library in its current format with the exception of temporarily moving the Bookstore into the space that is currently used for a seating area at the western end of the library.
  • Move the Café portion of the Bookstore into the Cafeteria until the new entrance to the Trades building is completed. Café would be open until 8:00 pm with computers available in the Cafeteria. This would also allow after-hours access by students to the Cafeteria to utilize as a study space.
  • Close the computer lab in Spruce room 109 and merge scheduled classes into computer lab 103A. A scheduling analysis confirms that this can be done with minimal impact on classes.
  • Divide the vacated Spruce room 109 into two, 20 seat classes by putting in a dividing wall running east/west.
  • Move the IT department from its current location into the 2nd floor offices in the Longhouse.
  • Convert the vacated IT area into a nursing lab, with an office and storage.
  • Allow for Spruce room 208 (boardroom) to be available for regular classroom scheduling.
  • Optimize classroom scheduling to ensure maximum classroom utilization.
  • Move Trades electrical program to the former Thornhill high school.
  • Move the Students' Union (SU) to the large office on the ground floor of the Longhouse – this also allows for the SU to utilize the kitchen.
  • Move the printshop into the space vacated by the Students' Union.
  • Utilize the Health Sciences mobile trailer as office space for Trades instructors – If needed (would fit 6 instructors).

Option B

  • Convert the north half of the library into a Health Sciences classroom block and downsize the current library by approximately 50%.
  • Move the Café portion of the Bookstore into the Cafeteria until the new entrance to the Trades building is completed. Café would be open until 8:00 pm with computers available in the Cafeteria. This would allow after-hours access by students to the Cafeteria to utilize as a study space.
  • Close the computer lab in Spruce room 109 and merge scheduled classes into computer lab 103A. A scheduling analysis confirms that this can be done with minimal impact on classes.
  • Divide the vacated Spruce room 109 into two, 20- seat classes by putting in a dividing wall running east/west.
  • Move the Bookstore into one of the two classrooms in the Cafeteria building.
  • Allow for Spruce room 208 (boardroom) to be available for regular classroom scheduling.
  • Optimize classroom scheduling to ensure maximum classroom utilization.
  • Move Trades Electrical Program to the former Thornhill high school.
  • Move the Students' Union (SU) to the large office on the ground floor of the Longhouse – this also allows for the SU to utilize the kitchen.
  • Move the Printshop into the space vacated by the Students' Union.
  • Utilize the Health Sciences mobile trailer as office space for Trades instructors – if needed (would fit 6 instructors).

For more details contact:

Kerry Clarke
Director, Facilities & Ancillary Services
kclarke@nwcc.bc.ca or 250.638.5426