Okanagan College's chairman of the welding department

Okanagan College completes second phase of trades training complex project

The $33 million expansion, renovation and rebuild of the trades training facilities at the Kelowna campus is set to be complete next spring.

Construction is on-time and on-schedule for the massive renovation, rebuild, renovation  and addition to the trades training complex at Okanagan College in Kelowna.

The $33 million project, which includes $28 million from the provincial government, is adding a new 10,000-square-metre, three-storey building to the existing trades training facilities at the college’s KLO Road campus and includes rebuilding or renovating other existing buildings.

The biggest construction project since the Kelowna campus was built in the early 1960s, once complete next spring, it will allow the college to bring back several trades programs currently offered at leased space elsewhere in city and offer new programs and seats for students the college feels are needed but currently does not have the space to provide them.

While the existing heavy-duty mechanics area has already been renovated and expanded and is now in use, on Friday, college officials gave the media a tour of the new, state-of-the-art welding centre. It will start being used in two weeks time.

Meanwhile, construction is continuing on the new three-storey trades centre building — which will include classrooms, offices and training workshops — at the front of the KLO campus.