South Peace News
Work to construct the new Northern Lakes College campus in High Prairie is winding down.
Crews started work to lay the groundwork for the parking lot on Aug. 31.
Asphalt is scheduled be completed by the end of September.
Landscaping is also planned to start in the middle of the month.
Scheduled to open in fall 2020, the new campus will provide space to accommodate 225 students.
Health services and academic programs and trades training will be enhanced at the campus that will accommodate 225 students.
The new campus also features the first foods services program for the college that celebrates 50 years in 2020.
As well, the building includes 33 individual learning suites, 12 classrooms and a health programs lab with space to accommodate up to eight beds.
Three trades labs for carpentry, mechanics and welding and metalwork are also part of the two-storey 33,000-square-foot building.
When completed, the facility will be one of the highest-utilized campus buildings in the college’s 25 campuses.
The Net Zero Ready building is constructed of sustainable materials, including a high-performance envelope and high-efficiency windows.
Swaths of natural light and geothermal heating and cooling will cut health and cooling costs.
Northern Lakes plans to stage a grand opening in November, says board chair Daniel Vandermeulen, of High Prairie.
However, the college is uncertain how restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic will impact the celebrations.
The $24 million project is funded by the Government of Alberta’s investment of $21.6 million and $2.4 million committed by the college.