Dignitaries officially opened Edmonton's newest ICT building
in October, on time and on budget. The HP Centre for Information
and Communications Technology, a 250,000-square-foot, $49.8-million
addition to the main campus of the Northern Alberta Institute
of Technology, includes the Stream-Flo CADD-CAM Design Labs,
the Duncan McNeill Centre for Innovation, the TELUS Communications
Centre and the NAIT Students' Association Computer Common.
The McNeill Centre is Edmonton's newest applied research facility,
made possible by a gift of $1 million from Edmonton oilfield
equipment business owners Duncan and Verda McNeill. Another
$1-million donation, this one from the students' association,
made the computer commons possible. It's a 5,000-sq.-ft.,
110-station computer lab, open around the clock every day.
All told, the HP Centre has 56 labs and 20 classrooms, allowing
NAIT to increase its ICT-related enrolment by 700 full-time
students to more than 1,600.