Largest capital project in NAIT’s history opens as new academic year begins

Published on September 06, 2016

Centre for Applied Technology includes advanced laboratories and simulation rooms

Classes begin today for the first time in NAIT’s new Centre for Applied Technology (CAT) at Main Campus, one of the largest post-secondary buildings in the country.

CAT will accommodate thousands of students daily in the School of Health and Life Sciences, the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Applied Sciences and Technology. The five-storey building includes technologically-advanced laboratories and simulation rooms.

NAIT programs are in high demand, with the polytechnic last year receiving five applications for every one seat available in credit programs (those programs leading to degrees, diplomas or certificates). Already, fall 2016 applications are up 4.7% from one year earlier, and up nearly 8.5% from fall 2014.

CAT will help NAIT meet demand. At 51,600-square-metres (550,000-square-feet), the building is roughly the same size as the nearby Kingsway Mall. The new front door to campus, CAT includes the Student Service Centre and food outlets, as well as pedways and pedestrian pathways to other campus facilities and services.


  • The Centre for Applied Technology (CAT) is the largest capital project in NAIT’s history
  • It’s located at 106 Street and 118 Avenue
  • Ground was broken in August 2013
  • The building includes:
    • thirty-five 32-seat classrooms
    • twenty-two 64-seat classrooms
    • a 135-seat theatre
    • 45 leading-edge labs and simulation rooms
  • Total cost approximately $300 million
  • NAIT is pursuing Gold Certification for CAT under the LEED Canada New Construction Green Building Rating System


Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO 
“As the largest capital investment in our history, the Centre for Applied Technology is transformative for NAIT. It’s much more than bricks and mortar. Behind the walls are some of the most advanced labs and simulation facilities in the country. The building also has a flexible design that ensures NAIT responds effectively to current and future enrolment demands. I’m thrilled to welcome students to this building today.”

About NAIT

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 nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 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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