McElhanney Proudly Supports BCIT’s Future Trades and Technology Complex

The future just got brighter for students pursuing a career in trades and technology!

On September 19th, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) announced that they had achieved an incredible milestone through their INSPIRE Campaign: reaching $33M in fundraising for BCIT’s future Trades and Technology Complex! This new complex will increase access and capability for students pursuing a career in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC), providing them greater opportunities to interact, collaborate, and undertake projects together.

With capacity for 700 new full-time student spots annually, the new complex will provide an adaptive, innovative, and flexible learning environment through leading-edge, energy-efficient, and sustainable design. Key features of the complex will include:

  • Four covered work yards
  • Simulation-based learning areas
  • Cross-disciplinary sim labs for trades and technology collaboration
  • Power engineering sim lab
  • Welding simulation lab
  • Industrial network sim lab
  • Media centre lab for remote / online / narrowcasting education delivery
  • Maker space
  • Classrooms, student commons, demonstration, observation, auxiliary, and atrium spaces

McElhanney is proud to support and contribute to this initiative as a donor. “We are honoured to partner with the BCIT Foundation to advance the educational experience of our future engineers, GIS technologists, surveyors, engineering technologists, and more to a new level by contributing to BCIT’s new Trades and Technology Complex,” announces our President and CEO, Allan Russell.

“Our team is committed to Caring for our Communities and Empowering our People. Through our donation for the Trades and Technology Complex, we are fulfilling this commitment by equipping the next generation of AEC professionals with the tools, knowledge, and opportunities they need to excel. We see this as an investment not only in their individual futures, but also laying the foundation for the collective prosperity of our communities. We are proud to play a pivotal role in nurturing the talent pool of British Columbia and contributing to a brighter future for generations to come.”

With 85,000 new trade jobs expected in BC over the next 10 years, McElhanney couldn’t be more excited to witness how the new complex will grow and inspire tomorrow’s trades and technology professionals.

Congratulations to the BCIT Foundation on this momentous achievement! To learn more about BCIT’s future Trades and Technology Complex, visit

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