SAIT offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business. Established in 1916, it is one of Calgary's oldest post-secondary institutions and Canada's first publicly funded technical institute.


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The Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

The Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre opened in 2012 as the west wing of the new Trades and Technology Complex.
Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre

The 273,000 square foot Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre is named in honour of David Johnson and Murray Cobbe, who each contributed $5 million towards the building’s construction.

  • Houses: MacPhail School of Energy main office, classrooms and labs, drilling simulator, food outlets.
  • Fun Fact: The 'arms' reaching from the 'goblet' on the southeast corner are inspired by the SAIT logo.
  • Completed: 2012

Stan Grad Centre

The Stan Grad Centre is a central nexus for SAIT and houses classrooms, eateries, the bookstore, the library, the Irene Lewis Atrium and much more.
Stan Grad Centre

Stan Grad Centre

It's named in honour of 1967 Petroleum Technology alumnus Stan Grad who donated $7 million to SAIT.

  • Houses: Irene Lewis Atrium; SAIT Bookstore; Reg Erhardt Library; Station Express; classrooms; Interfaith Advisory; Bookstore; Food Court; Centre for Instructional Technology; Learner Assessment and Skills Centre; Interfaith Centre, and food outlets.
  • Fun Fact: As a student, Stan Grad was unsure he wanted to complete his SAIT education. Reg Erhardt - an instructor for 29 years who eventually became president - encouraged him to continue. The library is named in Erhardt's honour.
  • Completed: 2001

Thomas Riley

Home to the School of Manufacturing and Automation, the Thomas Riley Building contains labs, schools and a modern pavillion.
Thomas Riley

Thomas Riley

This building, named after the rancher whose land included the SAIT campus, reopened last month after a $60 million renovation.

  • Houses: Manufacturing and Automation main office, Founding Builders Home Lab, classrooms and labs.
  • Fun Fact: The Founding Builders Home Lab, located on the building's west side, can accomodate the construction of two 1,200 sw. ft. homes at the same time.
  • Originally Completed: 1952

Heritage Hall

The historical heart of the SAIT campus and a Calgary landmark.
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Heritage Hall

Heritage Hall was the first structure on SAIT campus and has been designated a provincial historic resource and a national historic site.

  • Houses: Visitor's Centre; Alumni & Development; classrooms; Student Development & Counselling; Student Services; Executive Offices
  • Fun Fact: During WWII, the building was used to train airmen under the British Commonwealth Air Training Program.
  • Completed: 1922

Aldred Centre

With its wavy roof and walls of glass, the Aldred Centre is a stunning landmark and the largest building in SAIT's new Trades and Technology Complex.
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Aldred Centre

At 440,000 sq. ft., this is the largest building in the Trades and Technology Complex, and is named after John and Cheryl Aldred, who donated $15 million to SAIT.

  • Houses: Applied Research and Innovation Services; School of Construction main office; the Enerplus Centre for Innovation; classrooms; labs and food outlets.
  • Fun Fact: The white wavy roof reflects heat. Air handlers are built into the crest of each wave, and the dips collect rain water to be stored underground and released into the storm water system during dry weather.
  • Completed: 2012

Cohos Commons

A perfect union of artchitectural vision, recreational opportunity and infrastructure satisfaction.
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Cohos Commons

The structure is named after Martin Cohos, a visionary Calgary architect whose projects include Bankers Hall, Eau Claire Market, Western Canada Place, Shaw Court and SAIT's Stan Grad Centre.

  • Houses: Athletic field made of synthetic turf and a three-storey parkade.
  • Fun Fact: The custom cloud-patterned siding on the eastern wall appears to change in different lighting conditions, making it look like clouds moving in the sky.
  • Completed: 2010

John Ware

Home to SAIT's School of Hospitality and Tourism, the John Ware Building features several “live classroom” environments, where the community can enjoy students' one-of-a-kind culinary creations.
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John Ware

The John Ware Building features several "live classroom" environments, where the community can enjoy students' one-of-a-kind culinary creations. Named one of Calgary's top fine dining restaurants by Avenue magazine in 2012, the Highwood is a favourite of the foodie community. In this beautiful dining room, students gain hands-on experience providing world-class cuisine and service to patrons. In the 4 Nines Dining Centre, students prepare and serve affordable gourmet meals in a casual setting. The Market Place storefront is a one-stop-shop for fresh cuts of meat, delicious baked goods, heat-and-serve meals, and a variety of specialty products - all prepared by students. Students grow fresh herbs and vegetables in Jackson's Garden, one of the first culinary gardens to take root on a Canadian college campus.

  • Houses: School of Hospitality and Tourism; The Highwood Dining Room; 4 Nines Dining Centre; The Market Place; classrooms; kitchens; Jackson's Garden.
  • Year Built: 1960's

Clayton Carroll

The Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre defines the west entrance to campus and is home to SAIT's leading-edge School of Transportation.
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Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre

The Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre defines the west entrance to campus and is home to SAIT's leading-edge School of Transportation. Opened in 2002, the Automotive Centre provides students with 70,000 square feet of quality learning space - including specialized labs, e-learning classrooms and three automotive bays with capacity for 60 training vehicles.

  • Completed: 2002

Campus Centre

Connected to the C-Train station, Campus Centre is geared to keeping students fit, active and engaged with the campus community.
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Campus Centre

Connected to the C-Train station, Campus Centre is geared to keeping students fit, active and engaged with the campus community. On the lower level, the Wellness Centre offers a weight and fitness facility, double-sized gymnasium, 25-metre salt-water pool and nine-metre dive tank, squash and racquetball courts, a variety of fitness recreation classes, shower/locker rooms and fully-stocked pro-shop. Campus Centre is also home to the SAIT arena and bowling alley, as well as the Gateway pub, Odyssey Coffee House and Jugo Juice. Offices for Athletics and Recreation, the SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) and Parking Services can be found on the main floor.

E.H. Crandell

The E.H. Crandell Building is home to offices, classrooms, an E-learning Services Desk, a bank, general-use computers, and XDocs - the campus print shop.
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E.H. Crandell

The E.H. Crandell Building is home to offices, classrooms, an E-learning Services Desk, general-use computers, and XDocs - the campus print shop - which provides copying and printing services to the SAIT community. ATB Financial provides convenient on-campus banking services for students and employees.

Senator Burns

The 11-storey Senator Burns Building is home to the Schools of Business, Health and Public Safety, and Information and Communications Technologies, as well as a variety of student services.
Senator Burns

Senator Burns

Upon opening in 1967, the Senator Burns Building doubled SAIT's instructional space. Today, the 11-storey tower (plus penthouse meeting room) is home to the Schools of Business, Health and Public Safety, and Information and Communications Technologies, as well as a variety of student services. The Centre for Academic Learner Services (CALS) offers a range of support programs, including English Language Foundations and Prior Learning Assessment. Senator Burns also houses Chinook Lodge, Campus Health Services (medical clinic), the SAIT Dental Clinic, and Destinations (SAIT's own Travel Centre), as well as the Burns Bistro, Tim Hortons and The Station Market coffee shop.

  • Completed: 1967

Culinary Campus

SAIT Downtown Culinary Campus offers training to full-time cooking and baking students as well as evening and weekend classes for the general public.
Culinary Campus

Culinary Campus

SAIT's Culinary Campus is a state-of-the-art learning environment, which gives professional cooking and baking students the invaluable experience of showcasing their work to the downtown Calgary community, and offers a unique opportunity for the public to take cooking classes in a professional and hands-on kitchen.

  • Completed: 2012

Mayland Heights Campus

Opened in 1980, SAIT's Mayland Heights Campus consists of the Bob Edwards and N.R. Buck Crump Buildings.
Culinary Campus

Mayland Heights Campus

Opened in 1980, the Mayland Heights Campus consists of the Bob Edwards and N.R. Buck Crump Buildings. SAIT's pre-employment Plumbing and Glazier, Railway Conductor, Auto Body Technician and Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant programs operate out of the Mayland Heights Campus.

  • Completed: 1980

Art Smith Aero Centre

Home of SAIT's aviation students, the Art Smith Aero Centre offers training on state-of-the-art equipment.
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Aero Centre

Occupying 17 acres of land near the Calgary International Airport, the Art Smith Aero Centre boasts a 21,000 square foot hangar that contains several planes and helicopters, 13 labs, seven state-of-the-art classrooms, open study areas, a cafeteria, 110,000 square foot concrete apron and 18,000 square foot ancillary asphalt apron. The centre hosts students in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology, Aircraft Structures Technician and Avionics Technology programs.

About the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Today SAIT offers 82 certificate, diploma and applied degree programs, 30-plus apprenticeship trades, two baccalaureate degrees and 1,675 continuing education and corporate training courses. Annual registrations total over 75,000.

Programs are delivered through eight academic schools: Business, Construction, Energy, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation, and Transportation. English Language Foundations and academic upgrading are also offered.

More than 1,000 partners from business and industry serve on SAIT's program advisory committees to ensure students receive hands-on, practical training that reflects the needs of the workplace. These partnerships have also established seven Centres of Technology to enhance learning opportunities for students.

SAIT is a leader in applied research and innovation, providing expertise and resources to industry and real-world learning experiences to students. SAIT has delivered more than 300 tailored training programs annually to organizations across the globe.

Fast Facts

Leader in Learning
  • First publicly funded technical institute in Canada, established in 1916
  • More than 2,200 faculty and staff providing training to more than 75,000 registrants annually
  • Graduate employment rate of 94 per cent (2012)
  • $3.7 million in scholarships and bursaries awarded annually
  • Founding member of eCampusAlberta, a consortium of 16 schools delivering online courses and programs
  • More than 199,000 alumni in 74 countries
  • Created and fostering an environment committed to student success
Programs and courses (2012/13)
  • 82 certificate, diploma and applied degree programs
  • Two baccalaureate degree programs
  • 30-plus apprenticeship programs
  • 1,675 continuing education, domestic and international, corporate training, credit and non-credit courses
  • 13,683 full-load equivalents (FLEs)
  • 75,473 total registrants
About the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Phone: 403.284.7248
  • Address:
    1301 16th Ave NW
    Calgary, Alberta
    CANADA, T2M 0L4