Centre for Applied Technologies will be the new ‘front door’ to campus life
Construction of NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technologies, a first-class facility that will enrich the learning experiences of 5,000 full-time students daily when complete, is well underway as the polytechnic’s project managers move ever closer to a fall 2016 target opening date.
About 14,000 cubic metres of concrete, an amount that could fill five Olympic swimming pools, has been used so far to construct what will be NAIT’s new front door to campus life. And nearly 7,000 cubic metres of backfill has been brought in – equivalent to 865 truckloads.
When complete, the Centre will enable NAIT to increase enrolment by 50 per cent in health, business, engineering technologies, and sustainable building and environmental management programs.
“To meet the emerging needs for polytechnic education and applied research in Alberta, NAIT must grow. The Centre for Applied Technologies is central to that growth,” said President and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham. “The demand for our hands-on, technology based education is incredibly strong. This will be an extraordinary building that will provide an outstanding environment for both students and staff. It will be one of the largest simulation-based education facilities in Canada.”
Ground was officially broken Aug. 29, 2013 on the $294-million, five-storey building, which is being constructed in four quadrants. Work on the first two quadrants is expected to be completed later this month, and on all four quadrants by spring 2015. Of the more than 200 workers onsite daily - representing more than 30 trades - many are NAIT alumni, having completed their apprenticeship training here.
“The Centre’s modern labs and advanced simulation studios, large open spaces and common areas will enhance the NAIT student experience,” said Hasib Baig, president of the NAIT Students’ Association. “NAIT students will be fortunate to have this high-quality building as a hub for research, studying and socializing.”
The Centre for Applied Technologies is being constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements. A LEED Silver certification is being sought. Sustainability features in the new building will include energy-efficient windows, LED lighting throughout, low-maintenance landscaping, bicycle storage and roofing that reflects heat and lowers interior temperatures in warmer months. At least 75 per cent of construction waste is targeted to be recycled.
- The Centre will accommodate approximately 5,000 students on a daily basis.
- Resulting vacated space on Main Campus will become available for other programs in high demand, including trades.
- The building will include 57 classrooms, a 135-seat-theatre and 45 labs and simulations rooms.
- Total size of the facility will be 51,600 m² (555,000 square feet), which is more than half the size of Kingsway Mall.
- To date, about 14,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured. This represents 75 per cent of the concrete that will be used on the project.
- More than 160,000 kilograms (350,000 pounds) of steel have been erected. That’s roughly the empty weight of a 747-100 jumbo jet.
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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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