K.C. Jones

Staff Achievement Awards 2008: K.C. Jones

March 19, 2009

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Each year, SFU’s staff achievement awards highlight staffers’ exceptional personal and work-related accomplishments. Throughout this semester, SFU News will feature profiles on each of the 2008 winners, who were recognized at a formal luncheon on Jan. 21 at the Diamond Alumni Centre. In this issue: K.C. Jones, lifetime achievement

When K.C. Jones heard that she’d received the lifetime staff achievement award, her first thought was: “I’m not done yet!”
The assistant director of facilities development, Jones has quite a few years left to continue placing her distinctive stamp on SFU.

With a degree in interior design, Jones has had a hand in designing many of SFU’s major building projects over the past 20 years, including the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, the Segal Graduate School of Business and the SFU Surrey space. Many of her projects have been publicly honoured for design excellence. “I’ve had wonderful projects to work on,” says Jones. “SFU is a fabulous place to work, with fabulous people.”

After a promotion two years ago she now plays more of an oversight role with her team on all of SFU’s major building projects. She’s currently in the midst of overseeing the SFU Contemporary Arts development at the Woodward’s project in downtown Vancouver and is also keeping watch on the renewal of the Hamilton Hall residence’s leaky building envelope.

And while there are no new capital building projects on the immediate horizon, Jones has no shortage of smaller projects in mind. For example: reinventing the SFU Performance Theatre, relocating the Strand Hall data centre, renewing the chemistry building and eventually removing the Contemporary Arts modular buildings at the Burnaby campus.

“Bringing a successful project to life is no mean feat; it takes a sustained, committed effort of several years for each one,” says nominator Phil McCloy, an SFU development manager. “Doing this successfully in project after project to provide SFU with so many functionally and visually excellent projects is an outstanding performance that should be accepted as an achievement of a lifetime.”

But Jones isn’t calling it quits any time yet.


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