Finning donates land for high-tech education hub
A large land gift from Finning International Inc. will allow UBC
and three sister institutions to develop educational programs in
Vancouver's newly emerging high- tech centre.
Finning has donated an 80 per cent share of 7.5-hectacres on Great
Northern Way, which is being divided equally among UBC, Simon Fraser
University, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and the British
Columbia Institute of Technology.
The property encompasses approximately six city blocks between
Main Street and Clark Drive and is valued at approximately $33.8
"We look forward to working with our other post-secondary partners
to make this site a hub of high-tech learning and research," says
UBC President Martha Piper.
"This exciting public-private partnership gives us an unprecedented
opportunity to create a multidisciplinary, innovative centre that
will support B.C.'s knowledge economy."
No detailed plans for the property have been developed. UBC and
partner institutions are exploring options for training and education
programs for the property as well as development strategies to fund