NSAC applies for federal funding to improve, expand greenhouses

Jason Malloy
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BIBLE HILL - Nova Scotia Agricultural College officials hope to attract some federal infrastructure funding to upgrade its 40-year-old greenhouses.
The Bible Hill college has applied for funding through the newly created Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a $2-billion component of Canada's economic action plan announced in late January.
"We are looking to improve our greenhouses," said NSAC spokeswoman Alisha Hannam. "They've kind of been our priority for a while and so when this (fund) came up it was the perfect opportunity."
The college's two greenhouses, located in the Cox Institute, were built in 1968 and heating and ventilation upgrades are needed.
"They need to be modernized," Hannam said. "That's our priority but we'd also like to expand on the existing ones."
The total project cost would be $549,000.
If the funding becomes available, the repairs could start in May and be done before school starts in September, while the addition would likely not be complete until the winter.
But NSAC is not the only educational institution in the region looking for funding through the new program. Ten other universities across Nova Scotia have applied for more than $117 million in funding for a variety of projects.
The program was developed after university and college officials urged government to address deferred maintenance and capital investments in infrastructure at its institutions.
Three years ago, the former president of the NSAC estimated about $20 million was needed to do all the restoration work including, roof repairs, window and door replacements as well as ventilation and heating upgrades.
At that time $500 million in work was estimated to be required at universities throughout Atlantic Canada.


Organizations: Nova Scotia Agricultural College, The Bible Hill college, Cox Institute

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia

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