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Inspiring Innovation with Current and Future Students By Stephen Murdoch I n September of 2012, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic opened the doors to the Trades and Technology Complex. The 740,000 square foot building that will house SAIT’s Schools of Construction, Manufacturing & Automation and the MacPhail School of Energy has already received accolades from across the country and the globe. Coming in at a cost of $400 million, the Trades and Technology Complex will serve as a showcase to innovation and promises to inspire a plethora of urban infrastructures in the coming years. Boris Dragicevic, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management and Campus Expansion for SAIT Polytechnic, explains the theory of the Complex’s design, noting that, “Prior to construction, we spoke with stakeholders from a number of relevant industries. We wanted their feedback as to 26 Interior of Cenovus Energy Centre at SAIT what they are looking for in the students of tomorrow. With their input in hand, we went about the task of building a complex that would allow students to learn the skills that employers are looking for.” After facilitating discussions with relevant industries, Dragicevic and the SAIT team worked with government and other interested parties to make the Complex a reality. “After explaining to the province the many benefits of such a school, they quickly bought-into the concept. On a yearly basis, over 9,100 students will learn the tools to make them employable in the Alberta market and beyond. From there, we approached industry and donors, and they were more than willing to contribute $100 million to the Complex’s construction. It has truly been a total team effort with the province and business stepping in to help,” Dragicevic said. Although operational for less than a year, the Trades and Technology Complex has garnered global recognition for its innovative design. “We were pleasantly surprised to receive a call from the selection committee. Our hands-on, polytechnic approach to learning is what caught the attention of the KPMG’s international panel of judges. They appreciate the fact we have constructed an environment to inspire innovation with our current and future students,” Dragicevic went on to say. Designed to reach at least Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, the team promoted environmentally sound decisions throughout construction. “From sustainable site development to water efficiency to materials selection, we have worked diligently to meet the strict requirements set out by LEED. Green thinking for the construction started early in the project’s Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2013 http://www.naylornetwork.com/mab-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2013

MCA Canada
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Inspiring Innovation with Current and Future Students
Balancing Industry Growth with Environmental Concerns
An Even Greener British Columbia
Saskatchewan Immigration and the Mechanical Contracting Industry
MSCC : Discover Your Service-Specific Association
Helping To Shape the Talent of Tomorrow
A Living Breathing Building: VIDOInterVac
Index to Advertisers

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