The project, which is a partnership with the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia, will include a library, seminar rooms, a simulation lab, video conferencing suites, and work areas. The 1,365 square metre building will also be built to LEED Gold standards, all with $9.86 million in funding from the provincial government.
“Providing educational and training opportunities in northern B.C. is a priority for our government and the tender is the next step in moving this important project forward,” says Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “The investment in the Learning and Development Centre demonstrates our continued commitment to training medical professionals in this region.”
The centre is intended to be a resource for the 128 students and residents in the Northern Medical Program, as well as the 30 residents in various specialties and other health professional students in the region or visiting.
“This project will enable current and future Northern Health physicians and health professionals to learn in a modernized environment that will ultimately improve the quality of care we provide,” adds Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health Chief Executive Officer.
The centre, which was announced in April 2012, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. The contract will be based on a stipulated sum.