Sunday brunch, Music by the Bay, and a marine science centre featuring aquariums and touch tanks teeming with colorful local sea life are just a few of the ways visitors of all ages can enjoy summer time at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Stat ion. “Summer is the perfect time for a day trip to the field station from just about anywhere on Vancouver Island,” says manager Brian Kingzett, “especially families who are looking for things to do … Continued

BCIT Students bring home the hardware in Skills Canada BC Competition

On April 17, hundreds of high-school and post-secondary students from across British Columbia gathered at Tradex in Abbotsford to compete in the 19th annual BC Skills Competition . With 40 competition categories ranging from aircraft maintenance to welding, students took on practical challenges designed to test—and prove—that they’ve got the skills to excel in trades and technology occupations. At the end of the day-long competition, 14 BCIT students emerged with medals after outstanding performances in a variety of categories. BCIT students dominated in … Continued

Kwantlen students take gold at provincial Skills Canada competition, advance to national competition

Competing in a six-hour garden building event which involved working from a prescribed landscape plan, two Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Horticulture students took gold in the provincial Skills Canada—Skills BC—competition, held April 17 in Abbotsford. As part of the challenge, fourth-year student Kevin O’Connor, enrolled in KPU’s Landscape Apprenticeship Program, and first-year student Jason Thompson, enrolled in KPU’s Turf Management Diploma Program, installed paving stones, basalt stone walls, a water feature, a flag stone pathway and an extensive planting system. … Continued

BCIT Architectural Science student lands award with urban greenhouse concept

Congratulations to second-year Architectural Science student Simon VanGrootheest, who was awarded the Andy Kesteloo Award by the Canada Green Building Council . The objective of the award is to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities. This competition challenges students to explore innovative, realistic design of the built environment. They aim to think globally and act locally to achieve a durable, efficient, comprehensive design that is … Continued

Kwantlen students complete first year in BC's only policy studies program

The end of spring semester marked the completion of the first year for students enrolled in Kwantlen’s policy studies degree program. Offered at the Surrey campus, this program has students learning the research, information literacy, and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in the growing field of sustainability policy. “The City of Surrey has a strong relationship with Kwantlen and is proud of this ‘made-in-Surrey’ program that is designed to fill an important need in our communities,” says Dianne … Continued

BCIT researcher’s paper receives Best Paper Award from Building Simulation journal

A paper published by BCIT’s Dr. Fitsum Tariku, director of the Building Science Centre of Excellence , has received the Best Paper Award for 2011 from Building Simulation: An International Journal . The paper, entitled “Determination of indoor humidity profile using a whole-building hygrothermal model,” published in Volume 4 Issue 1 of the journal, was selected based on the nominations from the journal’s Editorial Board and the recommendation of an Award Selection Committee comprised of distinguished scholars from around the world. Receiving the Best Paper Award represents the highest distinction and recognition of a … Continued

Kwantlen's Surrey Library honoured with prestigious environmental certification

Kwantlen News Metro Vancouver, BC – (January 19, 2012) – It uses natural ventilation, consumes 65% less energy compared to the model National Building Code, and more than 40% of its building materials were sourced from within 800km and 26% recycled material. It’s these attributes, and more, which have led the Coast Capital Library at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus to be recently awarded the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.  Read more.