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SFU campus renewal builds for the future

April 27, 2018

It’s spring.  A time for regeneration, renewal and, this year particularly, renovations.

On Burnaby Mountain, SFU is buzzing with construction activity. Although this means noise, dust and diversions, it also means exciting developments are underway.

The campus is receiving some much-needed attention that will improve the durability, usability and safety of our classrooms and public spaces. Projects include the renewal of the outdoor plazas in the AQ and Convocation Mall; renovation of the Education Building; seating replacements and upgrades to AQ lecture theatres; improvements to ramps at Halpern and Strand Hall; and upgrades to the Mackenzie Courtyard and the Residence Green Commons.

These infrastructure projects are a result of significant provincial funding, donor support and university investment. And construction activities are not limited to the Burnaby Campus. The University expects to invest $400 million over three years on more than 30 initiatives at all three SFU campuses.

At SFU’s Surrey campus, the $126 million Sustainable Energy Engineering Building is fully enclosed just 18 months after breaking ground. Thanks to federal and provincial funding of $90 million and strong support from the City of Surrey, the building will be ready to accept students in Western Canada’s first Sustainable Energy Engineering Program in Fall 2019.

In Vancouver, the Charles Chang Innovation Centre, which was completed more than a year ago, serves as SFU’s hub for social innovation, in addition to providing 52 graduate student residences, thanks to a $10 million donation from the SFU alumnus whose name it bears.

SFU students have also stepped up to improve campus facilities. The Simon Fraser Student Society has committed funding for a new Student Union Building and stadium on our Burnaby campus. The $55 million SUB will offer 100,000 square feet of student activity and study space. It is expected to be open in winter of 2018.

SFU is also ready to break ground this summer on the first phase of new residences on Burnaby Mountain – part of the plan to double the number of student residences.

These capital projects are enabling SFU to repair and renew aging university infrastructure, add much-needed new facilities, enhance the campus experience, and improve our capacities to realize our vision as Canada’s engaged university.

Student Union Building - Burnaby Campus, Winter 2018
Future SFU Residences on Burnaby Mountain
Sustainable Energy Engineering Building - Surrey
Charles Chang Innovation Centre - Vancouver