Trades and Technology Complex
The Trades and Technology Complex is the largest campus expansion in SAIT's nearly 100-year history. It allows more students every year to further their passion for skill-based training, primarily in the areas of energy, construction and manufacturing.
The complex is made up of three buildings:
The complex opened to the first wave of SAIT students in late August, 2012.
The Aldred Centre is the largest of the three buildings that make up the Trades and Technology Complex. Named after John and Cheryl Aldred who gave $15 million in support of the Promising FuturesTM Campaign, the 440,000 square foot Aldred Centre is located along the south side of 16 Avenue NW. The building houses the Enerplus Centre for Innovation — a futuristic research facility where SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services department, and the main office for the School of Construction.
The west wing of the new Trades and Technology Complex is named the Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre in honour of David Johnson and Murray Cobbe who each contributed $5 million dollars towards the building's construction through the Promising FuturesTM Campaign. The 273,000 square foot facility is located near the centre of SAIT's campus, completing the revitalization of the 14 Avenue entry from 14 Street to Heritage Hall. The Johson-Cobbe Energy Centre is home to the MacPhail School of Energy.
The Cenovus Energy Centre is the smallest building of the Trades and Technology Complex. At approximately 40,000 square feet, it house the Power Engineering Technology (PET) and Process and Power Operations programs.
The building is named after Canadian oil company Cenovus who donated $3 million towards the Promising Futures™ Campaign.
From a "dream piece" imagined by President Emeritus, Irene Lewis to a fully-realized $400-million series of three buildings, the Trades and Technology Complex has swiftly moved from "we could" to "we did".
- 2006 — Western Economic Development gives SAIT $9 million to plan and design the Trades and Technology Complex.
- 2005 — Keith MacPhail gets the generosity ball rolling when he donates $10 million towards the complex, the School of Energy is named in his honour.
- April 2007 — SAIT employees get their first glimpse at the Campus Master Plan.
- September 2008 — Much jubilation on SAIT's campus as the Alberta Government pledges $300 million to the project.
- June 2009 — Designs of the complex revealed to the public.
- September 2009 — SAIT breaks ground to officially launch the construction phase of the Trades and Technology Complex.
- October 2009 — The 1,000 stall SAIT Parking Garage opens, allowing for the demolition of the old parkade that fronted 16 Avenue NW.
- 2010 — John Aldred and his wife Cheryl make the largest gift ever given to a college or Polytechnic when they donate $15 million in support of the complex. The Aldred Centre is named in recognition of their gift.
- Fall 2011 — Construction cranes (once numbering six on campus) are removed; this marks a major milestone in the construction of the complex.
- Aug. 27, 2012 — The first wave of apprentice students begin classes inside the complex.
- Sept. 4, 2012 — The first wave of full-time SAIT students begin classes inside the complex.
- Sept. 5, 2012 — The Trades and Technology Complex officially opens. Alberta Premier Alison Redford attends the event hosted inside the Founding Builders Atrium in the Aldred Centre.
- Sept. 15, 2012 — The complex is opened up for the public to experience at the Wave of the Future grand opening event.
- January 2013 — The Promising Futures Campaign completes, exceeding its $100 million combined goal and contributing $117.5 million. The total funds raised for the Trades and Technology Complex equals $417.5 million.