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TRU newest law school opens in Old Main building

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June 16th, 2014

Thompson Rivers University’s Old Main building, home to one of Canada’s newest law schools, officially reopened Friday after a $20.2-million revitalization project, announced Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

The redesigned facility – its rooflines shaped to reflect the region’s skyline – includes more than 4,135 square metres of new learning space constructed using locally harvested, beetle-killed pine.

Additional “green” features include new energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to complement passive solar energy collection, as well as high-value insulation.

The cost of expanded and revitalization the Old Main building was $20.2 million, of which the Province contributed $7.4-million.

Old Main has been an anchor building of TRU’s Kamloops campus since 1971, as part of the former Cariboo College. Like other buildings on TRU’s Kamloops campus, it has been redesigned to make use of passive solar energy by harvesting sunlight as well as using high R-rated insulation to keep the building energy efficient.

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