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The new Arts and Social Sciences Complex, ASSC1; just one of several new buildings and classroom spaces now open or nearing completion at Burnaby and Surrey campuses.

New facilities for 2007

January 25, 2007

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SFU's Burnaby and Surrey campuses are starting off the new year with the opening of new buildings and classroom spaces.          

At SFU Burnaby, a portion of the new Arts and Social Sciences Complex (ASSC1) building at the east end of campus has opened, featuring two classrooms, two labs, a 150-seat lecture hall and the clinical psychology space.

By April, the Centre for Forensic Studies, new space for the criminology department and an atrium and large lecture hall will be completed.

"People are going to be delighted with the amount of light in the public and student areas," says Phil McCloy, the SFU development manager overseeing construction of both ASSC1 and the adjacent ASSC2. "The new atrium, with its 10-metre high ceilings and skylights, will be one of the university's grand halls."

The outdoor courtyard between the two buildings is still being used as a staging ground for construction on ASSC2 and will be completed in spring 2008 when ASSC2 is also scheduled to open. It will house the new Faculty of Health Sciences.

On the west side of campus, bleachers are being added in January to the new gymnasium building in time to host competitive events with spectators by February or March 2007.

At SFU Surrey, the fourth-floor galleria has opened with labs, classrooms and offices for the School of Engineering Science and the School of Computing Science. A fifth-floor galleria, featuring a 150-seat lecture hall, a policy room, classrooms and graduate student areas will open for classes in September 2007.

KC Jones, assistant director, campus design and development, says her department is now reviewing the residence precincts in preparation for renovations to be phased in over time. "We're trying to get a source of funding and budget approval," she says.

Funding for the new School for the Contemporary Arts facility, at the old Woodward's site downtown, is ongoing.

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