December 13, 2013

VIDEO: BCIT welding building finishes $2.7 million upgrade to ventilation system

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has completed a $2.7 million upgrade to the welding building at its Burnaby campus.

The upgrade, funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, replaces the building's ventilation and HVAC systems with a high-efficiency, variable-speed, on-demand system that reduces energy consumption and improves air quality.

Mark Flynn, the acting chief instructor at the BCIT welding department, spoke to the Journal of Commerce about the challenges of running a building 24/7 while performing significant upgrades, which he referred to akin as “fixing your car while you’re still driving it.”

Flynn also explained how the new ventilation system will not only ensure the safety of students and staff by venting toxic fumes but is also significantly more energy efficient than the old system.

BC minister of advanced education Amrik Virk was also on hand to explain the larger impact of the school’s training program, citing present and future major projects in the province as generating demand for trades jobs including welding and related skills.

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