Artist's illustration of the new UFV building at Chilliwack's Canada Education Park.

UFV looks forward to new home

University of the Fraser Valley will relocate its Chilliwack campus to the Canada Education Park in the new year.

The University of the Fraser Valley is planning a big move. We’ll be leaving our Yale Road campus, which we’ve called home since 1975, and going to an exciting new building at the Canada Education Park. Our Chilliwack-based programs will join our Trades and Technology Centre, which has been open at CEP since 2007.

Making the move across town will be our Health Sciences and Agriculture programs, as well as the many academic and applied courses we offer in Chilliwack each year. Our performance theatre will remain at the Yale Road campus for the near future. The Yale Road campus is for sale, but UFV plans to lease back the theatre until at least 2015. In keeping with the Health Sciences and Wellness focus of the new campus, UFV will also increase course offerings in kinesiology at CEP, including a full first year.

The new facility is part new construction and part renovation. Originally built as an engineering school for the Canadian Forces, the building is currently undergoing an extreme makeover. It will house programs, classes, labs, and offices that are currently spread out over the Yale Road campus.

The new building will provide a vibrant, welcoming modern space for students, faculty, and staff to learn together and socialize. It will feature an aboriginal gathering place, a studio theatre, new labs and classrooms, and a covered hall that will be a hub of activity.

Set on the beautiful CEP campus, the new location will provide UFV students with plenty of recreational options. It’s also adjacent to the very popular Garrison Crossing neighbourhood. With bistros, coffee bars, yoga studios, and a recreation centre nearby, it will be a true university district.

And while the new building is essentially a replacement of the Yale Road campus, the 84 acres UFV owns at the Canada Education Park mean that the university has room to grow for decades to come. The $40 million project received $10 million in funding from the provincial government and $7.22 million in funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).

Including the adjacent UFV Trades and Technology centre, UFV will offer about 1,700 full-time equivalent student spaces in Chilliwack. This translates into approximately 3,000 students taking courses in Chilliwack.

In March 2003, the City of Chilliwack, the Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation, Canada Lands Company and additional partners, signed a memorandum of understanding to officially launch the Canada Education Park project.

The 200-acre site is destined to be a major centre for adult education, research, and training facilities.  Currently this “destination campus” is home to:

• University of the Fraser Valley

• RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre

• Canada Border Services Agency

• Justice Institute of British Columbia

• Department of National Defence

• Canadian Police College

• Correctional Service of Canada

• Fisheries and Oceans Canada

• Parks Canada

Under Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation’s leadership and inspiration, Canada Education Park continues to grow and advance its status and stature within the community and beyond.

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