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Trent Welcomes $2.2-Million in Provincial Facilities Renewal Funding Targeted for Deferred Maintenance


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New deferred maintenance funding announced today by Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, will be used by Trent University to address Trent’s aging facilities, and projects related to environmental and energy efficiency, and health and safety.

The $2.2-million in funding will flow from the province’s Facilities Renewal Fund. The announcement was made by Mr. Leal, on behalf of the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The provincial investment will be used by the University to address a number of projects:

• Removal of PCB transformers
• Roofing projects for the Alumni House, Bata Library, and the Science Building
• Refurbishing of four Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units in the Bata Library and conversion to a digitally controlled HVAC system
• Window replacements in Champlain College
• Various health and safety projects

Bonnie Patterson, President and Vice-Chancellor, thanked Mr. Leal and Minister Milloy for their support of Trent. “The investment of $2.2-million, targeted at specific facilities renewal projects, is welcomed and will help,” said Patterson.

President Patterson notes that facilities renewal at Trent remains an on-going issue. Trent has a growing backlog of facilities renewal projects totalling $17.2-million. This backlog covers a range of outstanding facility needs including roof replacements, windows, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, etc.

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For more information contact:

Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer, (705) 748-1011, ext. 6185