Campus Centre Redevelopment Project
The vision for the new Campus Centre is to be the cornerstone of campus life, bringing together services supporting student success and building community.
SAIT is undertaking a multi-year project to redevelop Campus Centre.
The initial scope of the project is about four years and includes the construction of renewed facilities dedicated to promoting health and supporting student learning, community, and wellness on campus.
The project supports SAIT’s commitment to excellence as outlined in New World. New Thinking., SAIT’s Strategic Plan 2020-25 and is aligned with the institution’s Campus Development Master Plan Framework. SAIT continues its integrated partnership and community engagement with the SAIT Students' Association (Saitsa) regarding Saitsa programming and services to be delivered in the new building.
We look forward to the future of Campus Centre and all its possibilities for our community here at SAIT.
Construction details and updates
Current project status:
Last update: May 16, 2023
🏗️ SAIT selects design build partner for new Campus Centre building SAIT has selected BIRD Construction with GEC Architecture as the design build partner for the new Campus Centre building. BIRD is a well-respected builder in the Canadian construction industry. Their work includes the Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton, Remington YMCA in Quarry Park, University of Calgary MacKimmie Tower Redevelopment, Calgary Central Library and renovations to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. GEC works across Canada from studios in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Their work includes the large-scale renovation and expansion of Bow Valley College’s north and south campuses downtown.
The design phase of the Campus Centre Redevelopment project will continue through to early 2024. Discussions with key stakeholder groups across campus are taking place throughout the summer and early fall to inform the design.
🚧 SAIT Wellness Centre closure The SAIT Wellness Centre will be closed Monday, June 26 through Tuesday, Aug. 22 to replace the temporary gym flooring currently in the facility and complete some exterior concrete work. Apologies for the inconvenience. We’ll be back up and running before you know it.
Due to the closure, campus athletic and recreation fees for the Summer 2023 term will be waived. If these fees have already been paid, a refund will be issued automatically. No action is required.
Athletics and Recreation is also exploring options for alternative recreation activities on campus throughout the spring and summer.
🚧 Temporary pathway closure Construction fencing surrounding Campus Centre will be extended into the first row of P2 parking spots to ensure safety during building demolition. The sidewalk next to Campus Centre will be closed starting the first week of May through the middle of June. Please use the covered walkway for access to and from the CTrain platform during this time.
🏗️ Campus Centre is closed Decommissioning inside the building will continue into the summer. Building demolition will take place in phases to ensure the safe removal of asbestos-containing materials. SAIT and AUArts students and employees can access campus recreation resources at the Wellness Centre facility located behind East Hall residence.
♻️ Green for good Partnering with Green Standards, the redevelopment project has diverted 98.9% of old furniture and equipment in Campus Centre from the landfill, contributing $95,768 of in-kind donations to support 11 community organizations. The diversion is equal to offsetting electricity use from 19 homes for a year.
🚧 Stay alert and stay safe There’s a lot going on in and around Campus Centre. Please pay attention to construction signage, follow instructions and use the detours — they’re in place for your safety. When using the covered CTrain pathway, make sure you activate the crosswalk signal before crossing the road to/from the Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre.
The Campus Centre Redevelopment project includes the demolition of SAIT’s current Campus Centre and the construction of a new building on site.
Prior to demolition, the building must be decommissioned. Pre-demolition activities include decant (moving out of people and things), asbestos abatement and remediation, infrastructure salvage and decommissioning.
Health and safety will be prioritized throughout the project. Areas of work will follow all safety regulations. The building will be hoarded off in zones. All building systems will continue to be online — fire alarm, lighting, HVAC — for the duration of pre-demolition activities.
🚚 Closures and moves️
Please note the following service-specific closure dates and relocation information, as applicable.
Students and employees can access campus recreation resources at the temporary Wellness Centre facility behind East Hall residence.
Trojans Athletics have secured alternate spaces to continue their programming.
Visit the eSports lounge in the Senator Burns building, NJ112.
Visit Athletics and Recreation administration in the Senator Burns building, NN121.
Visit the Saitsa Resource Centre in the Stan Grad Centre, MC107.
Visit the Odyssey in the Senator Burns building, NN120.
Live music events will be hosted by the Gateway Events team at venues throughout the city. The Gateway Food and Beverage team will transition into a community food truck.
There is no CTrain access through Campus Centre. The northwest end of the CTrain platform remains open. Follow the detour to and from the platform. Although access to Campus Centre via the elevator will be unavailable after Aug. 1, 2022, an accessible route to and from the platform will be maintained. SAIT will work with the City of Calgary and Calgary Transit to notify transit users.
Room bookings for the Orpheus Theatre, Symposium Room, and other event/meeting spaces in Campus Centre are unavailable.
The bike locker in front of the Gateway is no longer accessible due to exterior construction fencing/hoarding, but there are bike lockers in the P6 Parking Garage.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to rent a bike locker.
♻️ Sustainable decommissioning️
Throughout the Campus Centre Redevelopment project, a holistic and sustainable building decommission strategy is being implemented. This includes a thorough assessment of building elements to determine what’s suitable for salvage, resale, donation and recycling.
The exterior and interior building bricks will go to a recycling facility to be prepped for reuse. Yard waste, mainly wood, will be chipped and recycled into other wood products. Tin and steel will be sent for recycling and melted down.
The project team has set a landfill diversion rate target of above 85% by weight.
This FAQ will be updated throughout the project.
Campus Centre is at the end of its lifecycle. Major renovations to building infrastructure and repairs to maintain as-is will exceed 65% of existing building value.
Upgraded functionality is also necessary to support universal accessibility to health and wellness amenities, Saitsa operations and events, and to provide large gathering spaces for the SAIT community.
A new building project will maximize value and opportunity to best support a great student experience on campus.
The temporary recreation facility is designed to ensure barrier-free access.
A barrier free building is designed so all its components are accessible to all users. It is designed so everything from the height of the light switches, countertops and washroom accessories to the path of travel are free from barriers.
Asbestos abatement consists of the safe removal of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) from a building. ACM are present throughout the Campus Centre in wallboard, flooring, insulation and mastics (adhesives used to bind and seal other building materials to each other). Abatement is a normal part of the decanting and demolition of buildings constructed before the 2000s, such as the Campus Centre.
Asbestos abatement risks and precautions
Asbestos becomes a risk when its fibres are released into the air. Exposure to asbestos is not a concern when ACM are undisturbed and maintained in good condition.
There are many precautions taken during asbestos abatement to ensure both workers and the larger SAIT community are not exposed. These precautions are required by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety legislation and include restricted access, containing the work area under negative pressure, personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect abatement workers in the work area, waste cleanup requirements and rigorous air monitoring to ensure asbestos fibres remain within the work area. If air monitoring reveals fibres above background levels, SAIT’s Health, Safety and Environment Services will inform the SAIT community.
Several asbestos abatement projects are currently occurring within the Campus Centre, and one on the exterior of the building.
Managing abatement projects indoors
Asbestos abatements indoors are performed based on the requirements of Alberta Health and Safety legislation and those in the Alberta Asbestos Abatement Manual. Work areas are contained and under negative pressure, and are inspected multiple times per day for leaks in the containment. Air monitoring in areas adjacent to asbestos abatement containments is performed to detect any release of asbestos fibres.
Managing abatement projects outdoors
Abatement workers are scraping dried mastic from concrete block walls with non-powered hand tools on the exterior of Campus Centre. This project, under asbestos abatement regulations, is referred to as low-risk because the asbestos fibres are bound within the mastic layers and do not become airborne when pieces of that mastic are removed with hand tools. The workers themselves wear disposable coveralls and respirators so that pieces of mastic do not build up on their clothing and so they don’t unintentionally ingest the mastic. For the same reason, these work areas are fenced off to restrict access. As an added precaution, air monitoring is performed here periodically to ensure asbestos fibres are not released.
Learn more about asbestos management at SAIT and contact Health, Safety and Environment Services for more information.