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High on Tech

A state-of-the-art facility designed for state-of-the-art learning

Edmonton, Alberta

Lunch and learn

Comprised of 20 IT classrooms, 56 computer labs, a computer commons, wireless video conference spaces, an innovation centre and a food court.

For bright ideas

Organized around a three-storey interconnected and naturally lit internal street. Natural day lighting is featured through the use of atria, clerestories, and light monitors. The entire 3 storey Computer Common is entirely lit with natural daylight without any glare on the 120 computer screens. All major public corridors and the food service area are also naturally lit. All student lounges and classrooms use diffused northern light to allow use of laptops without glare problems. All artificial lighting throughout the facility is controlled by photocells.

Campus connections

The HP Centre is linked to the west part of the main campus by an enclosed, second-floor pedestrian bridge. This is part of linking important components of the campus together, and a significant step in NAIT’s master plan.

Lasting relationships

Green features in the facility include a high performance building envelope, heat recovery from exhaust air, and solar shading.

Project facts

Size: 22,000 sq. m./ 237,000 sq. ft.
Cost : $39 Million
Completed: 2002
Collaborators: Walters Chambers, Hemisphere, RMC, and Stantec
Builder: PCL/ Maxam
Client: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Achievements & Awards

Presidential Award, Alberta Masonry Design Awards

Institutional Award, Interior Designers of Alberta