Residence Construction Updates

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

Residence is Expanding!

A new residence building of 482 beds is expected to open for Fall 2020. This period of construction as well as the ongoing renovation and maintenance to our current buildings will help us continue to provide living learning environments that are safe, attractive, well maintained, comfortable, and welcoming.

Construction Updates

The construction zones will have an impact on pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Particularly:

  • Be cautious around the construction zones.
  • Obey signage and follow instructions from Traffic control personnel.
  • Do not enter closed/fenced-off areas.

Residence construction zones

Last updated February 21, 2018

Townhouses – Building Enclosure Rehabilitation

Summer 2018 - Summer 2020

  • Various repairs and upgrades to the exterior of the buildings, concluding with a complete repaint
  • New rainwater gutters and downspouts
  • All the preliminary work has been done, and the site work will proceed in May. 
  • The project will be completed over two years
Work to be done upgrade buildings exterior, new rain gutters & downspouts
Time frame Summer 2018 - Summer 2020
Expected noise and disruption Those in townhouses during the time of repairs

Telus Coin Phone Replacement 

April 2018

New emergency phones have been installed in three locations where pay phones were removed: MCH lobby, HAM lobby and on the north exterior wall of CHI.

Upgrades to Shell House

Summer 2018

No residents will be booked into Shell House for the Summer 2018 term, however it will be open as the new Community Space for residents and administrative functions will continue (Res Facilities Offices, Janitorial Offices, RHA Office, Res Life Offices). We will take this opportunity to conduct various maintenance, repairs and upgrades to the building, including:

  • Replacing the kitchen counters (New sinks and faucets, new built-in ovens and new cooktops)
  • Safely remove all remaining asbestos-containing flooring in the building and install new flooring
  • Replace lighting in many areas with new high-efficiency LED fixtures
  • Add pathway lighting East of the North wing of Shell House
  • Conduct some remedial caulking work on the exterior of the building
  • Replace the main from entrance doors and rebuild the concrete works immediately outside those doors
Work to be done new kitchen amenities, remove remaining asbestos flooring, new flooring, new lighting, new entrance
Time frame Summer 2018 
Expected noise and disruption Little disruption due to no residents booked in Shell House for the term

Upgrades to Towers Common Washrooms

Summer 2018-2019 Approximately

This work will be staged over the coming year or two, ensuring that at least one washroom on an occupied floor remains fully functional at all times. Work will include:

  • New counters, new hand-washing sinks and faucets
  • New mirrors, with new lighting mounted on the wall in the spaces between the mirrors
  • New partitions for the toilet stalls and shower stalls for improved privacy
Work to be done New sinks, faucets, mirrors, lighting, toilet and shower stalls
Time frame Summer 2018 - 2019
Expected noise and disruption Residents living in Towers will have at least 1 fully functional bathroom at all times

New Residence Buildings 

2019-2021

Construction of the two new towers (one facing SBH, one facing BRH) on the old Louis Riel site is expected to start towards the end of Summer 2018. Design work has been complated and greenspace landscaping will also begin in preparation for these new residences including:

  • a paved, accessible pathway running from the front entrance of Shell House fown to MCH
  • Pathway lighting
  • Drainage improvements
  • Planting (mix of lawn, grasses, groundcover and shrubs)
  • Gathering spaces with amenities (tables, benches, basketball hoops)
Click Here for more information about the New Residence Buildings. 
 
Work to be done New pathway, lighting, greenspace landscaping and planting, gathering spaces, basketball hoops
Time frame Summer 2019 - 2021
Expected noise and disruption Residents in the buildings nearby the old Louis Riel building site may be affected by noise during construction hours (SBH, BRH, McT, Ham, Shell)

Fire Lane Construction

February 21 to February 26

A contractor's crew will be working on the fire lane (south side of the Towers) beginning on Wednesday, February 21.  They will be digging in three areas, to confirm the location of various underground services.  This is part of the preparation for the future construction of two new Residence buildings on the south side of the Fire Lane.

  • Hours of work will be week days from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The work is expected to be completed by Friday, February 23, but may continue on Monday, February 26.
  • Pedestrians are advised to avoid the construction area by travelling by the breezeway pedestrian route that runs underneath the Towers.
  • Only essential vehicle traffic is permitted on the Fire Lane.
  • For your own safety, please watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation as we continue working to improve the SFU Residences.

Work to be done preparation for the future construction of two new Residence buildings
Time frame February 21 to February 26
Expected noise and disruption Those in proximity of equipment will hear drilling noises
Last updated February 09, 2018

Madge Hogarth Residence Upgrade

February 19 to February 25

There will be drilling trucks and rigging positioned around Madge to drill bore holes for geotehcnical investigation.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of aforementioned week.

Further detials will be provided as they become available

Work to be done Bore holes made for geotechnical investigation
Time frame Week of February 19 to February 25
Expected noise and disruption Those in proximity of equipment will hear drilling noises
Last updated December 21, 2017

Shell House Outdoor Walkway, Ramp and Lighting Installation

April 2016 to April 2018

Work will begin to improve the outdoor stairs and walkway between Shell House and Residence Lane.  A barrier-free pedestrian ramp and new lighting poles will be installed to increase safety & night visibility in the area.  Landscaping improvements will be included in this project.

Work is expected to resume in the 2018 Spring Term

Further details will be provided as they become available.

Work to be done New outside walkway and lighting installation
Time frame Delayed Until Further Notice (Work is expected to resume in the 2018 Spring Term
Expected noise and disruption TBD
Expected benefit
  • Increased safety via addition of new lighting poles in the area.
  • Increased accessibility with addition of barrier-free ramp to McTaggart-Cowan Hall
Last updated August 01, 2017 to Spring 2018

Heating System Underground Piping Improvements

Spring 2018

The bulk of the work on this project has been completed.  All pedestrian routes are back to normal.

Some final finishing work will be completed in the 2018 Spring Term.  This includes:

  • the installation of a new railing along the north edge of the plaza next to the Parkade (currently protected by temporary orange fencing).
  • restoring the garden area north of Shell House
  • final cleanup  

Further details will be provided as they become available.

Last updated October 04, 2017

Pedestrian Routes for the Remainder of this Week

October 2017 

Due to continuing construction activities related to the District Heating Lines Repair project, the pedestrian route immediately north of Shell House will be closed from noon on Tuesday, October 3 until further notice (approximately two to three weeks).  The covered walkway that runs along the south side of the West Parkade will remain open.

Work to be done District Heating Lines Repair in Shell Courtyard area
Time frame Starts: Tuesday, October 3 - October 31, 2017
Last updated August 04, 2017

Heating System Underground Piping Improvements (CONT'D)

August 2017 to September 2017

Work will begin to improve the underground piping providing hot water and heat to the Residence buildings, which will involve trench work in Shell Courtyard.  This work is being done to increase the efficiency and reliability of the heating provided to the buildings.  This work will not impact the hot water service for Shell House. 

Work to be done Underground water and heating pipe replacement in Shell Courtyard area
Time frame August 2017 to September 2017
Last updated August 03, 2017

Shell House Outdoor Walkway, Ramp and Lighting Installation

April 2016 to TBD

Work will begin to improve the outdoor stairs and walkway between Shell House and Residence Lane.  A pedestrian and wheelchair-accessible ramp and new lighting poles will be installed to increase safety & night visibility in the area.

Further details to come as they become available.

Work to be done New outside walkway and lighting installation
Time frame Delayed Until Further Notice
Last updated August 02, 2017

McTaggart-Cowan Hall Phase 2 Renovation (COMPLETE)

May 2017 - August 2017

From May 2017 to August 2017, McTaggart-Cowan Hall will be undergoing a major renovation that will see much needed improvements in the interior spaces of the building.  The second stage will see the west and centre sections of the building receive new bathrooms, study spaces, & kitchens.

Work to be done
  • Addition of new study spaces/lounges
  • Renovated kitchen and washrooms
Time frame Expected Completion Date: August 20, 2017