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KPMG's Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition names SAIT's Trades and Technology Complex as one of the most innovative and exciting infrastructure projects in the world.

Trades and Technology Complex receives international recognition

Calgary, AB - SAIT Polytechnic's Trades and Technology Complex has been named one of the most innovative and exciting urban infrastructure projects in the world, according to KPMG's Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition publication.

The high profile magazine from the professional accounting and consulting firm highlights 100 noteworthy urban infrastructure projects worldwide, with SAIT's project showcased in the Education section of the rankings. The Trades and Technology Complex is featured alongside other education projects based in Brazil, India, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates and the United States to name a few. Independent judging panels select the Top 100 based on their scale, complexity, innovation and impact on society.

Boris Dragicevic, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Expansion at SAIT, says the award affirms the design is truly progressive and significant for post-secondary institutes.

"The design needed to incorporate our existing architectural history, while inspiring innovation for both current and future students," explains Dragicevic. "The three additions that form the complex use similar proportions, material and scale inspired by the collegiate gothic architecture of Heritage Hall, but at the same time incorporate unique elements within each of their designs that distinguish them apart from each other, but within the same family of design. Brick is replaced with terracotta panels within the building's curtain wall system to provide durability and ease of maintenance and unique curvilinear roof forms tie the buildings together and accentuate the ‘wave of the future' design motif for the complex."

"Not only will the new buildings house instruction, they are part of the instruction with learning built right in," says Dragicevic, of the complex that will become the home of the School of Construction, School of Manufacturing and Automation and the MacPhail School of Energy.

Exposed duct work and HVAC systems aren't hidden behind drywall, but are part of the natural beauty of the building and allow students to best understand the systems they are learning in the classroom. One set of passenger elevators in each wing of the Aldred Centre has glass-front panels to showcase the mechanical functions of the elevators.

The 740,000-square-foot Trades and Technology Complex is the largest construction project in the post-secondary's 96-year history. The official public opening - The Wave of the Future - will take place from noon to 8:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 15.


About SAIT Polytechnic

SAIT Polytechnic is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary education, offering more than 100 career programs that position people for success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide.

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