HP NLC campus now one-third complete

The building of new Northern Lakes College campus in High Prairie is taking shape. The photo taken on Jan. 16, shows the north side of the campus on Highway 2 on the east side of High Prairie.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Temperatures around -40C has not stalled progress by work crews building the new High Prairie Northern Lakes College Campus.

Work continues to progress on schedule and on budget for completion in the summer, says a project update from the college Jan. 15.

“Construction for the project is 32 per cent complete,” says Paul Chaulk, senior director of facilities and ancillary services for NLC.

“Once the building is enclosed, interior work will begin.”

Crews have completed exterior walls, roofing on the second floor of the south side and framing the clerestory, Chaulk says.

A clerestory is an interior wall built above part of the roof with high windows to let in light.

Work to install framework and exterior walls is scheduled to take several weeks.

The college will combine its health services site downtown, academic campus and the trades training center at Tolko OSB plant west of town into one consolidated campus.

The $24 million project is funded by the Government of Alberta’s investment of $21.6 million and $2.4 million by the college.

Plans for the two-storey 33,000- square-foot building will feature the first culinary arts program in the college that has 25 campuses. Three trades labs for carpentry, mechanics and welding and metalwork are also included.

One of the key new features is that it will have open or exposed walls for electrical and geothermal components in some areas, so it will be a teaching tool for students.

The campus is scheduled to open in the fall.

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