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Ground Breakers


Since its founding in 1965, SFU has remained essentially a commuter campus — a vital community only by day. Now, SFU is set to become a thriving round-the-clock neighborhood with the construction of UniverCity, the new community at Simon Fraser.

Set atop Burnaby Mountain adjacent to the campus, and surrounded by a 567-hectare conservation park, UniverCity is sure to become one of the most desirable places in Canada to live, work and learn. With zoning for approximately 4,500 homes, and 250,000 square feet of commercial and office space, this new community will take shape gradually over the next 10 to 15 years. In time, UniverCity may be home to as many as 10,000 people.

Construction of the first stage of the development, known as UniverCity Highlands, is now underway; the first Highlands residents are expected to settle in by the summer of 2004. This neighbourhood includes low- and mid-rise apartments and townhomes, as well as a colourful village centre featuring shops and offices, and amenities such as an elementary school, a daycare facility, a local park and an extensive network of pedestrian and bike paths.

UniverCity aims to become a model of sustainable community development. The UniverCity logo — four stylized Es interwoven around a quadrangle, a landmark feature at SFU — highlights the development's four guiding principles: environmental integrity, equitable access, economic development and educational opportunity.

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'Ground Breakers' & abstract photo of the UniverCity architectural model'Ground Breakers' & abstract photo of the UniverCity architectural model
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