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An explorer’s guide to campus for fossil fans, foodies, gardeners, art lovers and industry-leading green technology innovators.
01. Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre
The first net-zero commercial building in Calgary, this nearly 600-metre-square, multi-million dollar facility trains students and researchers in clean technologies. Opened in June, it’s expanding SAIT’s collaborations with industry in the flourishing green technology marketplace.
02. The Catalyst
Almost five metres wide and five metres tall, this spectacular art installation by SAIT alumnus Michael Perks (AMWP ‘06) of Little Monkey Metal Works interprets SAIT’s brand and celebrates our centennial. Watch the video on SAIT’s YouTube channel
03. John Ware Building
Thanks in large part to $20.7 million in federal support through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund modernized, two of SAIT’s oldest buildings — the John Ware and the Senator Burns Buildings — are having their electrical and utility infrastructures overhauled to be more environmentally sustainable and to operate more efficiently. The exterior of the John Ware is also being modernized.
04. The Butchery Lab
Step up to the counter of this living classroom that sells meat products prepared by students in the Butchery and Charcuterie Management program. Open Thursdays 11 am to 1 pm from Oct. 12 through late April, it is supported by the Michelle O’Reilly Charcuterie Lab — a program recognized with a League for Innovation 2016/17 Innovation of the Year Award.
05. Short-term meter parking
$5 in Lots P9 and P9B buys you up to one hour — enough time to visit the Marketplace, the Butchery, the Bookstore or the Reg Erhardt Library.
06. Senator Burns Building fossils
The Burns Building is clad with Tyndall stone, a type of limestone formed 450 million years ago in shallow lagoons in today’s Manitoba. Even the quickest look lets you see fossils of gastropods, brachiopods, trilobites, corals and snails, plus trace fossils made by burrowing sea life (likely shrimp) looking for food.
07. Centennial time capsule
This SAIT-made capsule will be opened by the Class of 2116 on our 200th birthday. Learn more on page 38.
08. Indigenous Species Biome Garden
Plants native to Alberta’s foothills flourish in this urban meadow, a collaborative project funded by SAIT’s centennial 100 Projects Project. It’s a living lab for biology students in Academic Upgrading that showcases the biodiversity of our region and features plants important to First Nations communities.
Illustration by Mike Hooves