CALGARY – The federal government is investing more than $2.5 million to enable the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to establish its Alternative Construction Technologies Centre (ACTC).
The facility will bring together the manufacturing, automation and robotics, material science and construction sectors to create technologies for use in the construction industry, a government release said.
“With the launch of the Alternative Construction Technologies Centre, SAIT is creating an exciting space for industry collaboration, education, and product development to help keep Alberta at the forefront of innovation in the construction sector,” Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal said in a statement.
The centre will house specialized equipment and laboratories that will be used for small and medium-sized businesses to develop, test and commercialize new products, processes and services.
“The result will be lower cost construction projects that can be completed faster, at a higher quality and with less environmental impact,” the release stated.
PrairiesCan funding of $2,594,000 is allocated through the Regional Innovation Ecosystems program, and is in addition to previously announced $3.69 million in PrairiesCan investment for SAIT since the beginning of 2022, including more than $1.4 million to support Canada’s first remotely piloted aviation training centre for heavy-lift drones training, maintenance and certification; $1.43 million to help commercialize emerging, high-growth potential clean technologies for Alberta’s energy sector; and $860,000 to help advance the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for environmental monitoring.
The ACTC will support approximately 50 small and medium-sized firms and is expected to be operational by 2025.