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“Coming back to NAIT and working on the Centre for Applied Technologies gives me such a feeling of pride.”
– Lou Zoldan (Construction Engineering Technology ’82)
Project Director, NAIT Centre for Applied Technologies
Lou Zoldan has had a lifelong love of construction. As a kid, he’d spend time hammering nails into boards. He worked with his dad, a carpenter and homebuilder, in the summers.
“Construction became something that was natural to me,” says Zoldan. By high school, he’d made up his mind to go to NAIT, where he enrolled in Construction Engineering Technology.
After graduating in 1982, he went out east, working with a Toronto firm. “Amazingly, my first project was the Skydome.” He was also involved with the build of Rogers Arena (then General Motors Place) in Vancouver and the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Today, he’s brought his experience back to NAIT as project director of the Centre for Applied Technologies. The 52,000-square-metre building will help address Alberta’s labour demands and support future growth. It will accommodate 5,000 students daily when it opens in fall 2016 and boost enrolment in health, business, engineering technologies, and sustainable building and environmental management programs.
When Construction Engineering Technology, Zoldan’s former program, moves into the new building, it will continue to deliver hands-on, well-rounded polytechnic education but will do so in one of the most advanced post-secondary facilities in Alberta. Zoldan is thrilled to be part of the institute’s growth, literally building NAIT’s future for students and the province alike.