August 9, 2006
by Canadian Architect
Vancouver architect Bing Thom has been chosen to design the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) proposed Trades and Technology Complex, ensuring that Alberta will have the supply of skilled workers required to maintain the vibrant economy so important to the region and the nation.
The Trades and Technology Complex in Calgary will include more than one million square feet of space equipped with state-of-the-art technology in practical learning and applied research environments. When completed, the facility will add an additional 2,735 student seats at SAIT in certificate, diploma, and applied degree programs-as well as nearly 6,000 additional apprenticeship seats.
Following a request for proposals which attracted submissions from 13 firms across North America and Europe, SAIT Polytechnic selected Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects as the prime consulting architect for the Trades and Technology Complex, with local firm Marshall Tittemore Architects named as associate architect.
Bing Thom Architects is an internationally recognized and respected firm with many high-profile, critically acclaimed and culturally significant projects around the world. Bing Thom is a past recipient of the Order of Canada for his contribution to architecture. In addition, he holds an honourary degree from Simon Fraser University for his commitment to architecture, student learning, and community.
SAIT’s proposed Trades and Technology Complex will allow SAIT to add more student spaces to better address skilled labour shortages across a number of sectors critical to Alberta’s ongoing economic success. Founded in 1916, SAIT provides hands-on training and education to more than 72,000 students each year in the areas of: Energy, Construction, Manufacturing and Automation, Trades, Business, Communications, Culinary Arts, Health and Public Safety, Information Technology, Media and Broadcast, Tourism, and Transportation. SAIT provides training in 19 countries around the world.