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Kwantlen gets $22 million to upgrade Surrey campus

Cash will help spruce up the Spruce Building at 12666 72 Ave.
An artist's rendering of the interior of the renovation planned for the Spruce Building at Kwantlen's Surrey campus.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) has received $22 million to help spruce up the Spruce Building at its Surrey campus.

The federal government will contribute $7.3 million, while the provincial government will provide $14.7 million.

The investment will provide additional space for 300 students in a variety of new programs, including new bachelor of science degree programs in biology and health sciences.

The announcement was made Friday morning (Feb. 10) by Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and by Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux on behalf of Andrew Wilkinson, minister of Advanced Education for B.C.

The funding will help facilitate a 3,300-sqare-metre renovation and a 2,100-square-metre addition to the Spruce Building at the KPU campus on 12666 72 Ave.

The renovations are expected to begin in April 2017 with a completion date of spring 2018.