Best of 2009: Surrey

$10-million renos expand research, teaching space
The Surrey campus announced plans to upgrade and renovate more than 50,000 square feet of space in Podium 2, adjacent to its main Dale B. Regehr Grand Hall public space. This thanks to $10 million in Knowledge Infrastructure Program grants from the federal and provincial governments.

SFU, school board partner to counsel kids
Surrey school kids and their parents now have easy access to counselling on a variety of personal and educational issues, thanks to a unique partnership between SFU and the Surrey School District. SFU staffs the centre with qualified staff and graduate students conducting practicums.

SFU’s North House excels at solar showcase
SFU’s North House beat out competitors from Europe and North America to place fourth at the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored 2009 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in Washington DC. The 800-square-foot, super-insulated dwelling is full of energy-conservation technologies, produces more energy than it consumes and uses materials that absorb heat during the day and release it at night.

Banner Bags teach about product life-cycle analysis
An educational program spearheaded by the Students in Free Enterprise team at the Surrey campus takes used nylon street banners to high-school sewing classes to turn them into reusable bags, teaching kids the art of creating new things from old.

Students pen winning business recipe for aboriginal cooking school
Thanks in part a new strategic plan co-drafted with Surrey business students, the city’s Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre Culinary Arts Program has cooked up a menu for long-term success. The free four-month program teaches aboriginal and low-income students the fundamentals they need get into a culinary college program or a kitchen apprenticeship.