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Kwantlen University Unveils Library Expansion

26 MAR 2012
Topic : Education News

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in Richmond BC, last week unveiled their new library facilities. The school’s library has recently been expanded and renovated, improving accessibility for users (students, alumni and the community at large).

Kwantlen Library Expansion

Kwantlen received $1.2 million from both the federal and provincial governments for the renovation work, which includes a new learning centre, computer lab and study rooms, as well as increased collection space and employee work areas. Project under review to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards.

The completion of the library was ushered in at a ceremony held by a number of community and political leaders, including: the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and MP for Richmond, Rob Howard, MLA for Richmond Centre; Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East; and John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston.

“Our government’s investment in post-secondary infrastructure has given Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s students and researchers the facilities they need to be global leaders in their fields. This project will allow Kwantlen to strengthen its capacity and build on its reputation as a leading institution of higher learning,” said Minister Wong.

This construction work is among 39 projects at post-secondary institutions throughout the province of BC taking part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP), a joint federal-provincial investment designed to renew infrastructure at post-secondary institutions.

“The Knowledge Infrastructure Program funding allowed us at Kwantlen to renovate and expand the library at our Richmond campus. This created a larger, more vibrant, student-friendly space to better provide for the needs of our students in a Polytechnic University environment. On behalf of the entire Kwantlen community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community and our government partners for their investment in continued excellence at Kwantlen Polytechnic University,” said John McKendry, acting president, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

This in fact is Kwantlen’s third and final KIP project. They have also added a student gathering place to their west wing and upgraded the Surrey campus facilities, ensuring that buildings were more efficient and comfortable.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for more than 30 years, with four campuses: Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley. The school offers a comprehensive range of programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. The Richmond campus serves over 5,900 students.

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