Canada invests $35 million in NAIT for new productivity and innovation building

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

from the Edmonton Sun: 

Post-secondary polytechnic education is getting a boost in Edmonton thanks to a nearly $35-million federal grant announced Wednesday.

The funding is earmarked for a new productivity and innovation building at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology that is expected to partner with industry to solve problems and create jobs.

“The building itself is very, very large,” said NAIT president Glenn Feltham.

Feltham explained that most of the space will be single-storey labs allowing the school to be flexible to industry needs as they take advantage of the productivity enhancement, applied research and business accelerator sections that will make up the new addition.

“The building is designed to be very responsive. We also have a four-storey tower which is attached to this,” Feltham said. “This is going to be world-class labs but labs designed for industry to come and partner and solve the problems that they need to be able to be competitive.”

NAIT will be putting in more than $40 million to the construction as well, funds available because of the provincial budget increase of $449 million in post-secondary capital spending announced earlier this year.

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