NAIT Productivity & Innovation Centre

The Productivity and Innovation Centre is a 190,000 square foot multipurpose building that houses advanced research and testing laboratories, space for small and medium-sized businesses, a dedicated hub for applied research activity along with administrative, teaching and service spaces. Designed and constructed through the use of a collaborative and integrated process, this steel and concrete framed building features innovative, sustainable and adaptable structural, mechanical and electrical systems. The building was conceived as two distinctive wings, each with their own unique structural system that was tailored to specific research functions. The single-story high head laboratory wing utilizes a steel frame system. While this appears conventional, a unique and innovative steel truss and girder solution was developed to simplify the installation and routing of the mechanical and electrical systems as well as provide future flexibility as the spaces are re-purposed over time.