SAIT breaks ground on new facility
The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) which celebrated its centennial on Oct. 16, marked another historic milestone today — breaking ground on the first new training facility of its second century.
The customized training facility will be constructed on an eight-acre lot at 10490-72 St. SE, Calgary. When completed in the fall of 2017, the facility will house world-class applied learning labs for Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator Apprenticeship and Iron Worker Apprenticeship programs.
"This new facility will dramatically enhance the learning environment for SAIT students and will include the best technology available, from crane simulators to a full crane maintenance shop, to labs designed specifically for ironworkers," says Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO. "By providing real-world experience, coupled with robust industry-specific academic programs, we will set our students up for success so our future crane operators and iron workers are job-ready and able to make a contribution to employers as soon as they graduate."
Construction is now underway and will employ hundreds of workers start to finish. Alberta Advanced Education is providing $5 million in operating funding for the facility.
"This government is proud to support our post-secondary institutions, because we know good jobs begin with a good education. This new facility will provide innovative training opportunities to prepare Albertans for success as we build on traditional economic drivers and move towards a more diverse economy," said Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education.
(Left to right) Dr. David Ross, SAIT President & CEO, Wayne Benz, President at Centron Construction Group, Graham Sucha, MLA Calgary-Shaw and David Roberge, Dean of SAIT's School of Manufacturing and Automation break ground at SAIT's new trades training facility.
- This project is made possible through a $5.35 million operating grant over five years from Alberta Advanced Education.
- The 30,000 sq. ft. facility is scheduled to be completed and ready for classes for Fall 2017.
- It will include a fully functioning crane maintenance shop and a laydown yard equipped with boom trucks and mobile cranes.
- It will accommodate the largest array of crane simulators in North America.
- The facility will house classrooms, meeting and study spaces and instructor work spaces, accommodating hundreds of future workers in apprenticeship programs.
- The facility is being constructed specifically for SAIT by Centron, a Calgary-based real estate developer and construction company.
This new facility will be custom designed similar to other SAIT satellite facilities including the SAIT Culinary Campus in downtown Calgary; the Art Smith Aero Centre in McCall in the city's northeast; and the N.R. Buck Crump building in Mayland Heights.