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$31 million nursing school building next in line for Thompson Rivers University

An artist's rendering of the proposed TRU nursing building.
Image Credit: Contributed/Chernoff Thompson
September 20, 2016 - 9:37 AM

KAMLOOPS - If the province is able to help fund it, Thompson Rivers University is planning to build a new nursing building.

The plan for a Nursing and Population Health Building is “shovel worthy” the university’s vice-president of finance Matt Milovick says. That means plans are in place to get it going once funding is finalized.

“This is a building that we are planning for but we don’t have funding for yet,” he says. “What it takes is we need about $8 million from the province to do this thing.”

The $31 million dollar structure would house an expanded nursing program at the Kamloops campus, with specialized rooms and equipment, well beyond the current facilities. It would allow more nurses to be trained in Kamloops, and could lead to a masters program at the university. The faculty have done well with what they have, Milovick says, but the school needs to modernize to keep up.

“This is not your traditional academic building,” he says.

Currently the province has a copy of the plans for the building Milovick says, but it isn’t clear what level of support the plan has.

For the school it’s the next major project in line.

“The ideal time frame for us is to secure funding in 18 months,” he says. “I’d like to open the doors in three years.”


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