Welcome to the Productivity and Innovation Centre Take a virtual tour of NAIT's newest building

In September 2018, NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) opened its doors as the polytechnic's new front door to industry and business. Its sole purpose is to serve this community, helping it become more competitive and productive. Construction began in October 2016.

Located at the eastern edge of Main Campus, PIC is 17,650 square metres (190,000 square feet) in size, making it one of North America's biggest innovation spaces. It was made possible thanks to an investment of $34.9 million from the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

PIC's central atrium has become a popular space for Industry events and conferences.

The upper floors of PIC's western (B) wing host offices, classrooms, meeting space, laboratories and simulation spaces.

Programmable Logic Control training is among the services offered in the advanced manufacturing labs, which can be set up to reflect a client's current practices, then reconfigured to improve them.

PIC offers a variety of flexible spaces for industry - and the convenience of an eatery called Café on 3rd, operated by Eat at NAIT, the polytechnic's food services team.
B Wing is also home to Acceleration Services, a team dedicated to turning smaller business into larger ones by helping them refine their products and services and bring them to market.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand to announce the completion and opening of the building in September 2018. “I knew that [the investment] would produce great results. Today, that’s clearly the case,” said Trudeau, standing in the centre of PIC’s A wing, a huge, collaborative work space flanked by labs.

A primary function of the A Wing is applied research, which is industry driven. It's an enormous space designed to accommodate activities on a scale that suits the needs of industry. Among the research tools are the blue box (left), an environmental chamber that can be used to test products at different temperatures, and, beyond the door, one of North America's few large-scale 3d metal printers.
One of NAIT's applied research centres, the Centre for Oil Sands Sustainability occupies a lab in A Wing. Staff at this facility work with industry to bridge the gap between existing oil sands environmental research and relevant solutions, taking innovative ideas from bench to scale-up.
A balcony on the third floor offers a sunny space to relax during summer months. The view looks out over Main Campus and downtown Edmonton to the south.


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