SFU Surrey campus opens its doors

September 08, 2006, volume 37, no. 1

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Simon Fraser University is opening its new Surrey campus with a two-day celebration on September 8 and 9.

The festivities begin with the official opening ceremony on the mezzanine level of the new campus on Friday, September 8 at 10 a.m. SFU President Michael Stevenson, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and others will take part in the ceremony. Campus tours and a public lecture by Central City architect Bing Thom will follow.

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

"We're inviting all our neighbours in Surrey, the Fraser Valley and beyond to join us in this celebration," says Stevenson. "SFU's Surrey campus is the community's university, and we welcome the community as a true partner."

Even before the opening, SFU's Surrey campus has been highly praised for its design (see inside for more information). According to The Now Newspaper in Surrey, "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."

The new campus occupies 21,500 square metres in the award-winning Central City building at 102 Avenue and King George Highway in north Surrey.

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