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New nursing building at Thompson Rivers University officially approved

An artist's rendering of of the Nursing and Population Health Building to be built at Thompson Rivers University.
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March 24, 2017 - 9:51 AM

KAMLOOPS - Thompson Rivers University is getting a new building.

The $30.6 million Nursing and Population Health Building was confirmed today, March 24, at a media conference at TRU. The 4,100 square meter structure will be the home to a variety of nursing programs, including the bachelors of nursing, a new masters of nursing and health care assistants training.

It will house multi-disciplinary labs, classrooms and and patient-simulation technology, according to a B.C. Government media release. Construction is expected to start in spring of next year and wrap up two years later in spring of 2020. Students will be able to attend classes in the new building in fall of 2020.

TRU dean of nursing Donna Murnaghan says the Kamloops area will see a benifit as high caliber nursing students are drawn to the area for their education.

“TRU will attract the brightest students in nursing and health to a learning environment that incorporates high-calibre advanced technology, equipment and resources,” Murnaghan says in the release. “This state-of-the art learning environment will take TRU's high-quality programs to a level where we are able to meet the demand for nursing health-care professionals."

The project is primarily funded by the university, with $22.6 million coming from the school. The province is chipping with $8 million. The school has already raised $2 million in donations for the project.

In September 2016, the TRU’s vice-president of finance Matt Milovick said the plans were with the provincial government and the building was just waiting on the approval of the $8 million in provincial funding.


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