Construction proceeds on NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technologies
Premier Alison Redford officially broke ground today on the building site for the Centre for Applied Technologies, the largest capital project ever undertaken by NAIT.
When complete in 2016, the Centre will enable NAIT to increase enrolment by 50 per cent in health, business, engineering technologies, sustainable building and environmental management programs. It will also make more space available at Main Campus for other programs in high demand, including trades.
“We appreciate the government’s support of such an important expansion,” said Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO. “This will mean substantial growth in NAIT’s essential role as a leading polytechnic in Alberta, in our partnerships with industry and in our applied research capacity.”
The $294-million, five-storey Centre for Applied Technologies will include classrooms, simulation labs, student common areas and a 135-seat lecture theatre.
“This is a strategic investment that helps build Alberta while diversifying the economy,” said Redford. “The new Centre will focus on developing careers in four critical areas that our province will need in the future for new, traditional and evolving industries.”
The facility will be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements, the first building at NAIT to receive this certification.
“The Centre will undoubtedly have a positive impact on both Edmonton and the province, and means there will be a bright future for students in years to come,” said Jonathan Bilodeau, president of the NAIT Students’ Association. “I’m elated for the students of 2016 and beyond.”
Site preparations are underway. Construction will begin this year and take approximately three years to complete in time for the 2016-17 academic year. The Centre will be located on 106 Street, north of NAIT’s existing HP Centre for Information and Communications Technology.
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students in 1962.
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- The five-storey Centre for Applied Technologies, to be located at NAIT’s Main Campus, will have the capacity to accommodate approximately 5,000 students on a daily basis. This represents an increase of 1,700 students in four program areas: Health, Business, Engineering Technologies and Sustainable Building & Environmental Management.
- Total size of the facility will be 51,616 m² (555,388 square feet).
- Resulting vacated space on Main Campus will become available for other programs in high demand, including trades.
- The Centre for Applied Technologies will include classrooms, simulation labs, student common areas and a 135-seat lecture theatre.
- Site preparations are underway, with construction expected to begin this year and take approximately three years to complete in time for the 2016-17 academic year.