New residence buildings open

September 09, 2004, vol. 31, no. 6
By Marianne Meadahl

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More students will call SFU home in addition to their place of study this semester.

A pair of new residence buildings opened Aug. 31, increasing the campus residency by 450 students. In all, student residents at SFU will fill a total of 1,600 spots. Including family-oriented units, that is expected to create a nucleus of nearly 2,000 residents on campus.

In addition, a third building is slated to open next spring.

The new units were aimed primarily at first-year students coming to campus directly from high school, says residence director Jan Fialkowski. The majority made their moves in time for SFU's student orientation program before the start of classes.

The buildings are traditional co-ed residences. In addition to furnishings, including an extra-long bed, each room is also wired for high-speed internet and optional telephone service. Washrooms and common rooms with microwaves and TVs are shared with fellow students.

Students living in the new residences are required to participate in SFU's first meal plan program since the early 1970s. Residents of other facilities have the option of participating.

These are the first new residences since a townhouse complex was built in 1992. Standing eight floors high, they are equivalent in height to the family-oriented Louis Riel house, where residents will also benefit from the new neighbourhood environment.

“It has been a massive building project, with a great transformation of the area over the last 14 months,” says Fialkowski.

In addition to student housing, a 14-room hotel is being created on the top floor of the first building with sweeping views of Burrard Inlet and Vancouver, for guests visiting campus.

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