Terri-Jane Yuzda

NAIT Boasts New ICT Centre

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.

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