NAIT, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, is growing to meet the demands of industry. With over 26,000 students in credit programs and over 32,000 in non-credit, they’re already pretty big. But NAIT, a polytechnic school in Edmonton Alberta, and the largest apprenticeship trainer in Canada, can see a future where Alberta’s needs have outstripped the current campus. The answer? The Centre for Applied Technology.
The new facility will accommodate roughly 5,000 full-time equivalent students from the JR Shaw School of Business, the School of Health and Life Sciences, and the School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management. Stantec Architecture handled design and architectural services working to create a new community—a new heart to NAIT’s main campus.
The Centre for Applied Technology will have classrooms, office space, student services, and a leading-edge simulation lab. The second floor was designed with students in mind—casual learning and socializing in lounges and study areas. A broad, main-floor concourse opens up the center of the building (to a glass ceiling six stories above) and connects to an atrium, a great spot for events.
With this new facility, NAIT will have a greater outdoor presence and a more well-equipped campus to support the province’s growing needs.