NAIT unveils Melton Crane and Hoisting Building at Spruce Grove Campus

Published on June 22, 2017

Gift from Melton family and Melcor Developments officially opens home to expanded Crane and Hoisting program

EDMONTON – The new Melton Crane and Hoisting Building was unveiled this week at NAIT’s Spruce Grove Campus, officially opening the 1,170 square metre (12,600 square-foot) facility.

The campus is home to three crane simulators, three mobile crane and three boom trucks, and has allowed NAIT to increase capacity in its Crane and Hoisting program by 80 per cent, to accommodate more than 430 students each year.

Melcor Developments, which developed the site and building, along with the Melton family, has donated $1 million to support construction and building technology programs at NAIT.

The Campus is located on 54 hectares (134 acres) of land, which provides the flexibility to accommodate other NAIT programs in the future that are suited to an industrial location.


  • Spruce Grove Campus is home to NAIT’s Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator - Boom Truck and Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator - Mobile Crane programs
  • Construction began in November 2015 and students began using the building in September
  • The Spruce Grove campus is located on Golden Spike Road, 1.5 km south of Parkland Highway, on the south side of Spruce Grove


Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
“I would like to thank Melcor and the Melton family for their commitment and gift to NAIT. Their generosity will support our students to learn. The state-of-the-art facility integrates hands-on learning on advanced simulators and on a variety of real cranes. There simply is no better crane and hoisting facility anywhere!”

Darin Rayburn, President and CEO of Melcor Developments Ltd.
“We are pleased to be part of this important program focused on construction and building technologies. Graduates of these programs will play an important role in Melcor’s future as they help us to build the communities where people live and the commercial centres where they work and shop.”

Megan Bosch, 3rd year mobile crane apprentice
“Being a part of this industry and having the opportunity to go to NAIT has shaped me into who I am 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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