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16-06-2009, 10:18 AM
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Dr. Sam Shaw
16-06-2009, 03:26 PM
Dr. Sam,
Thank you for your participation here on C2E.

From time to time we get glimpses of developments at NAIT such as new buildings and news of your student successes. Can you share with us overall plans for NAIT campus? In particular, I am interested to know what strategies you have for campus consolidation to a single location, student housing, and a more effective use of campus space such as going higher rather than wider.

In addition to campus development, I would like to hear from you if you have plans for pursuing initiatives to encourage NAIT employees to use public transit? Specifically, have you considered entering into a partnership with the ETS to provide NAIT employees perhaps at main NAIT campus with discounted bus fares? Such initiative will make NAIT campus more sustainable, the reduce the need to provide more parking spaces with funds saved going towards residence or classroom space construction, and push the ETS to provide more direct routes to NAIT campus.

Thank you,
grish

Dear gish:
NAIT prepared a long term development plan in 2007 to serve the needs of NAIT for the next 50 years and beyond. The plan focuses on the consolidation of our ten capital region campuses to two, namely the NAIT Main Campus and the proposed NAIT South Campus. If a decision is made by Edmonton City Council to close the City Centre Airport, NAIT would certainly be interested in acquiring a portion of the adjacent land, and consolidating all of our existing campuses at the Main Campus.

Within our long term plan, our top priority is the Centre for Applied Technologies (CAT) at the Main Campus, to be located immediately north of the NAIT HP Centre, east of 106 street. This new Centre will accommodate about 5,000 full time students learning in advanced simulation environments, an increase of 1,700 students or nearly 50% in Health Sciences, Business, Applied Building Science and Resources and Environmental Management programs. Following the completion of CAT, all of the buildings east of 103rd street can be demolished, which can then accommodate student housing and a Parkade, to be developed on a P3 basis. For more information on the Main Campus Plan, please see our 2009/10 to 2012/13 Business Plan (p.40-42), at the following address :http://www.nait.ca/docs/NAIT_BusinessPlan-2013.pdf . I would also encourage you to take a virtual tour of CAT, which is available at : http://www.nait.ca/flash_videos/naitline/centre-for-applied-technologies1.html . We completed the Schematic Design Report for CAT in April 2009 and have submitted it to the departments of Advanced Education & Technology and Infrastructure for their review.

In regards to public transit, the NAIT Student’s Association is planning to have their membership vote on joining the universal transit initiative. We have not looked into discounted bus fares for employees, but it is something that we could explore further.

Dr. Sam

Dr. Sam Shaw
16-06-2009, 03:39 PM
Dr. Sam,
Is there any plan or commitment for the construction of Student Residence accommodations at the current NAIT Edm. Campus
Thank You !

Yes, a Student Residence is definitely in our plans for Main Campus as a P3 ( private/public partnership) . We first need to complete the Centre for Applied Technologies, which would be followed by the demolition of all of the buildings east of 103rd street, which would then provide the land to construct the Residences. For more information about the Main Campus Plan and the proposed location of the Student Residences, please see our 2009/10 to 2012/13 Business Plan (p.40-42) at the following address: http://www.nait.ca/docs/NAIT_BusinessPlan-2013.pdf (http://www.nait.ca/docs/NAIT_BusinessPlan-2013.pdf)

Dr. Sam Shaw
16-06-2009, 04:09 PM
Dr. Sam,
What role does NAIT plan on playing in the whole City Centre Airport debate? Should the airport close, what effect do you expect the closure to play in future NAIT expansion plans?
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions,
Etownboarder

Dear Etownboarder

The closure of the City Centre Airport is a decision that rests with Edmonton City Council, and NAIT respects the process that they have in place. If a decision is made to close the City Centre Airport, NAIT would certainly be interested in acquiring a portion of the adjacent land, and consolidating all of our existing campuses at the Main Campus. Whatever the outcome, NAIT will continue to work with the Government of Alberta in planning for the future and increasing student access to the best technical education.
Dr. Sam

Dr. Sam Shaw
16-06-2009, 04:27 PM
Dr. Sam,
NAIT is situated on the fringes of our downtown, bordering communities that are in need of redevelopment. With Kingsway Mall, future LRT, and NAIT itself all investing money for upgrades or expansion, I ask: What is NAITs role in community development? What can or how does NAIT use its status as a major educational institution to create positive change in the surrounding areas?
Thank you for your time.

There have only been three buildings constructed on Main Campus in the past 13 years (South Learning Centre – 1996; NAIT HP Centre – 2002; NAIT Spartan Centre for Instrumentation Technology/NAIT Petro-Canada Centre for Millwright Technology – 2007). These three buildings are located along Princess Elizabeth Avenue, and they are a significant positive contribution to the surrounding community. Many foreign delegations have been impressed with the advanced technology and innovation, which creates a very positive perception of NAIT, surrounding area and Edmonton. K-12 students visit NAIT's fuel cell, EnCana Aboriginal Centre, use our smart classrooms to do virtual field trips, Robotic Lego competition and not to mention all of the sports teams accessing our gym, pool and rink. Every summer thousands of local children learn about science, culinary and other interesting areas. Our next campus expansion priority is the Centre for Applied Technologies (CAT), to be located at the corner of 118th Avenue and 106 Street, which will once again be a significant positive improvement to the surrounding area. Please take a virtual tour of CAT by clicking onto: http://www.nait.ca/flash_videos/naitline/centre-for-applied-technologies1.html (http://www.nait.ca/flash_videos/naitline/centre-for-applied-technologies1.html) . NAIT is committed, with limited resources, to ensure that our footprint is environmentally sustainable, that we model best practices and we encourage our staff and students to contribute to our corporate social responsibility initiatives like thanksgiving meals, MAC & Cheese for inner city residents, Make-A-Wish Foundation and many, many others contributions.
Dr. Sam

Dr. Sam Shaw
16-06-2009, 04:41 PM
1) Does NAIT have any plans to incorporate the engineering annex (or the students) into the overall main campus? It always seemed so disconnected.
2) Will future NAIT plans incorporate any commercial development? For all of the students scattered throughout the surrounding neighborhood, there is a serious lack of essential services nearby, such as a grocery store.

Our top campus expansion priority is the Centre for Applied Technologies (CAT), and after this new Centre is completed, all of the buildings east of 103rd Street can be demolished, including the Engineering Technology Annex. The planned future use of the land east of 103rd Street is to accommodate student housing and a Parkade, to be developed on a P3 basis. For more information on the Main Campus Plan, please see our 2009/10 to 2012/13 Business Plan (p.40-42), at the following address: http://www.nait.ca/docs/NAIT_BusinessPlan-2013.pdf (http://www.nait.ca/docs/NAIT_BusinessPlan-2013.pdf) . I would also encourage you to take a virtual tour of CAT, which is available at : http://www.nait.ca/flash_videos/naitline/centre-for-applied-technologies1.html (http://www.nait.ca/flash_videos/naitline/centre-for-applied-technologies1.html) .

In our 5-10 year plan we have a P3 (public/ private partnership) for Student Housing development, NAIT has yet to define all of the services such as a grocery store. We have planned for a medical clinic in our CAT facility. It is important that we have the appropriate student amenities that are commercially viable. Your suggestion of a grocery store is a good one, as there are examples where this has been done elsewhere.
Dr. Sam

Dr. Sam Shaw
16-06-2009, 04:49 PM
Dear Tom Hendericks:

In the short term the avionics and aircraft structures programs will continue its operation. There are no plans currently to change these programs. The pilot’s program continues to be on hold. While there may be demand according to the recent CHR report as you indicated the program had very small enrolments and was quite expensive to maintain compared to other program areas. Given tangible support of the aviation industry and sufficient enrolment demand, NAIT will look at the possibility of offering the program in the future.

Dr. Sam