SFU Surrey celebrates move to Central City

July 13, 2006, volume 36, no. 6
By Terry Lavender

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Simon Fraser University will close out its 40th anniversary year with an opening.

On September 8 and 9, the university celebrates the official opening of the new Surrey campus, a 21,500-square-metre architectural masterpiece at Central City in Surrey.   

The building, designed by acclaimed local architect Bing Thom, has won numerous national and international awards since it opened in 2003. And the interior fitting of the new campus by Sally Emerson of Raven Design Consultants is also likely to turn heads.

After a tour, Surrey Now reporter Marisa Babic wrote: "Every square inch of the place is a study in the sublime. The scale is grand, the views of the cityscape and Mount Baker are stunning, the classroom and corridor colours are spiffy for a campus — try fuchsia and magenta — and sleek, futuristic glass and gleaming surfaces are everywhere. Even the powder room offers a jaw-dropping, floor-to-ceiling view of the city that many condominium owners would envy."

SFU Surrey is saying goodbye to its temporary home in the Surrey Place shopping centre this summer, and is relocating to the permanent space in time for the start of classes on September 5. SFU Surrey facilities manager Marie Schneider and her staff are coordinating the complex move, which involves research labs, classrooms, the library, offices and other facilities.

The two-day celebration begins with the official opening ceremony on the mezzanine level of the new campus on Friday, September 8 at 10 a.m.

President Michael Stevenson, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and others will take part in the ceremony. Campus tours and entertainment will follow.

More celebrations are planned for Saturday, September 9, including both self-guided and student-conducted campus tours, an academic program and research showcase, and still more entertainment, both on the mezzanine and in the plaza in front of Central City.

Everyone is invited to the celebrations on both days.

Parking is limited, so consider transit:  the campus is located right at the Surrey Central SkyTrain station. For more information: www.surrey.sfu.ca/opening

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