Red River College announced plans for a new state-of-the art aerospace technology and training facility Wednesday at its Notre Dame Campus. The new Smart Factory will showcase the college’s innovative applied research programming and collaboration with Manitoba’s aerospace industry.

Images: Left - Conceptual rendering of the space |  Right - Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development speaking at the official announcement 

The Smart Factory will be a centrepiece to Red River College’s new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) – a 102,000 sq. ft. educational centre of excellence designed to accommodate up to 1000 students each year in high-demand trades such as electrical, machining, manufacturing, carpentry, sheet metal, refrigeration and HVAC. The Smart Factory will also serve to connect existing trades facilities on campus to the new STTC with a fully glazed circulation route that reveals the building’s state-of-the-art robotics, composites milling technology and more. The Smart Factory component of the STTC was funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Standard Aero, with the objective of enhancing partnerships with the private sector leading to enhanced innovation and economic development.

The STTC, designed by Number TEN in association with Ager Little Architects, is currently under construction and is on track to open in time for the 2018 academic year.

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Image: Conceptual rendering of the space