Celebrating SFU Surrey campus expansion
It was amazing to see the Surrey campus community —and our community partners—out in force last Tuesday morning to hear our special guests, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Christy Clark, and of course our very own President Andrew Petter, announce $90 million in government funding towards a new building that will house SFU’s new Energy Systems and Environmental Engineering Program.
Indeed, this event was all about energy –students, staff and faculty lined the ‘rafters’ above the Mezzanine to get a glimpse of the PM and generated their own high energy buzz as they reacted to the news. And true to his style, Justin Trudeau further energized the crowd as he made a point of interacting with our students, wading through the crowd to meet them personally, even if for a passing moment. I know some of you even got a prized selfie! Social media lit up.
The news itself is incredibly exciting–new spaces in a masterfully designed building (another architectural gem conceived by the late Bing Thom) for more students to pursue new fields of engineering and other programs as plans unfold. The impact of these future grads on the clean tech and other sectors will be huge, and Surrey will be at the forefront.
And while the building will house the new engineering program, all SFU students will be welcome to enjoy the space and amenities.
It was fitting to celebrate this news with so many of our community partners, given the expansion’s deep roots in collaborations with and support from these important partnerships, together with all three levels of government – a testament to the power of engagement.
I often talk about the vibe of this campus, and on Tuesday it was evident in spades as we gave spirited rounds of applause and collectively enjoyed the moment. Three years nearly to the day after arriving here at SFU Surrey, I couldn’t be more proud, or more excited about our campus, and SFU’s future in this remarkable city.