Looking for the latest renovation updates at SFU Residence and Housing? Check this page often to read more about impacts and progress. Please note: exact dates are subject to change, and additional updates will be posted as project details and work schedules are confirmed.

Hours of construction

Construction within residences follows the city of Burnaby construction bylaws. Constructions hours will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burnaby Noise or Abatement, by-law: Number 7332 - page 6: 15.(1)

Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall carry or cause to be carried on any works in connection with the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or demolition of any building, structure, improvement or other thing

  • (a) before 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday;
  • (b) before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday;
  • (c) at any time on Sunday or any statutory holiday.

Your safety

Due to various construction activities around the residence area, there are a number of construction zones that will impact pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

  • Please be cautious and aware around these construction zones
  • The Fire Lane is closed to pedestrians and limited to authorized service and emergency vehicles only
  • Watch for hazards and obey signage and/or instructions from flag persons
  • Do not enter any closed areas

If you have trouble finding or require assistance to and from Residence, please contact Campus Security at 778-782-7991 to request a Safewalk.

East and West Towers

Shower Enclosures



We are installing a panel system with doors, similar to those in our Phase 2 washrooms, to enhance user experience. This system helps keep floors drier. Additionally, we will replace the flooring in front of and between the washrooms with a one-piece design for a smoother, more hygienic transition between the washroom and hallway. This change makes maintenance easier and reduces waste by eliminating the need to wash or replace shower curtains as part of regular maintenance.

Hours of Work:  Incompliance with Burnaby Noise or Abatement, by-law: Number 7332 - page 6: 15.(1)

North Towers PJH, BRH, SBH

Shell House

Hamilton Hall

McTaggart-Cowan Hall




Built in 1986 McTaggart-Cowan Hall is now 36 years old.  Extensive interior renovations were conducted 4-6 years ago to update washrooms, kitchens and the fire suppression system.  The roof was replaced in 2020/21.  The buildings primary enclosure areas (e.g. Windows and walls) have reached the end of their effective service lives and require replacement.  The focus of this project will be on the vertical envelope and supplementary mechanical ventilation of the building.  In addition, the implementation of this envelope renewal strategy will bring about positive impacts towards reducing energy usage, improving user comfort, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as helping maintain a consistent architectural standard across the campus.  During this extended closure of the building, Resident room furniture will be replaced, and flooring will be repaired.

Hours of Work:  Incompliance with Burnaby Noise or Abatement, by-law: Number 7332 - page 6: 15.(1)

Expected Noise and Disruption:  Residents in buildings near the area will be impacted by noise.  There may be periodic disruption to traffic along Residence Lane and Terry Fox Lane.


Charles Chang Innovation Centre

Atheletes Village


Purpose: Creating a designated secure space to temporarily relocate varsity teams during the construction of the Lorne Davies Complex


  • No current plan to remove