Vancouver Island University gets $60.9M building upgrade

Students in health sciences and the trades will learn their skills in two new facilities representing a $60.9-million investment in education at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.

The buildings — a $40.9-million health and science building and a $20-million marine, automotive and trades building — officially opened on Wednesday.

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Nurses, laboratory and medical-instrument technicians will study at the health sciences building. Mechanics, boat builders and other crafts will use the marine and trades building.

The federal government contributed $19.4 million to the Health and Science Centre, while $17.5 million came from the province. VIU and community donors chipped in $4 million. The federal government and province each contributed $9.5 million to the trades complex, and VIU provided $1 million.

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