Awards & Achievements

Staff award

2019 President’s Awards for Leadership in Sustainability

Bernard Chan, Energy Manager, was awarded the President’s Awards for Leadership in Sustainability. Bernard Chan, energy manager with Facilities Services, tests and develops low carbon solutions that have significantly reduced SFU’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs. Between 2013 and 2018 his innovations helped SFU avert approximately $870,000 in energy costs and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by about 850 tonnes.

In 2015 BC Hydro named him a Green Champion. He also holds a FortisBC Energy Specialist Program Award. As a member of SFU’s Energy Committee he has worked to advance strategic partnerships within and beyond SFU. As well, he has a passion for mentoring and engaging students in his work. He recently helped a group of students to design and install their own solar energy pilot in the Burnaby Campus Learning Garden, and helped another student group to pilot a water-saving technology on campus. For more information, please click here.

2018 Staff Achievement Award - Team Achievement Award

Facilities Services' very own Team AWESOME (Wendy House, Novia Chow, Sophia Gaba, Olenka Myshko, Virgina Cheung) were recognized for improving customer service, increasing employee engagement and reducing waste around the department. As the first line of contact for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community who have questions or concerns regarding the physical aspects of the campus, they are instrumental in ensuring that the day-to-day operations of maintaining and building the physical assets of the campus are seamlessly carried out.

As the first point of contact for repairs around Burnaby Campus, the team processes an average of 1,800 service requests per month from customers requiring assistance. Requests consist of a wide range of work, from minor maintenance to larger renovation projects. Each customer request is examined, clarified, and dispatched to the appropriate Facilities Services department. With a satisfaction rating of 97%, as measured by customer satisfaction surveys, the team truly embody the VPFA’s mission of providing exemplary service to the SFU community. For more information, please click here.  


APPA 2018 Sustainability Innovation Award in Facilities Management

Simon Fraser University has been awarded the 2018 Sustainability Innovation Award in Facilities Management at this year’s APPA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. The award recognizes the institution’s efforts to implement a standardized four-stream Zero Waste system uniformly across all three campuses.

“As SFU continues to advance sustainability into all aspects of the university, it is an honor to be recognized for innovation in sustainability by our fellow university facilities family,” says Todd Gattinger, director of maintenance and operations at Facilities Services.  

Campus Awards

SFU Burnaby Campus

2007 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Prix du XXe siècle (20th century prize)

Recognizing the enduring excellence of the architecture of SFU Burnaby campus, originally designed by Arthur Erickson and Geoff Massey. SFU Facilities Services continues to adhere to the principles and architectural expression of Erickson's original vision.

In September, 2011, 25 buildings at SFU Burnaby campus were certified under the Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia (BOMA) BEST program. SFU Burnaby is the first campus in Canada to achieve BOMA certification. These 25 buildings were first certified in 2007 under BOMA's Go Green certification which was replaced with BOMA BEST.

Building Awards

Sustainable Energy Engineering Building (SE3P) - 2018 Roy Willwerth Architectural Recognition Award

For Simon Fraser University’s new Sustainable Energy Engineering Building (SE3P), Revery Architecture Inc. opted for a distinctive façade design composed of undulating framed precast concrete and reflective glass to represent the circuit board imagery relating to the technological subject matter that will be taught within the building. The Roy Willwerth Precast Concrete Architectural Recognition Award Presentations recognizes outstanding contributions to the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry in; architectural design, sustainability, innovation and change; for positive leadership, industry-altering development and expansion; and for accelerating the growth of the Canadian precast prestressed concrete industry from within the architectural and design communities. Click here for more information.

Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard - CSLA Award of Excellence 

SFU Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard has received the Excellence Award for the CSLA landscape architecture in 2017. The project lead consultant was PWL Partnership landscape architects Inc. and the project was led by Philip McCloy, Project Manager, Facilities Development. You can find more information at CSLA website.

Surrey Podium 2 - LEED® Silver for Commercial Interiors
SFU Surrey campus Podium 2 project has achieved LEED® Silver for Commercial Interiors. The project lead consultant was Naomi Gross of Chernoff Thompson Architects and Todd Gattinger was the main project Manager of SFU. The certification was received in December 2014. Click here for more details.

Shrum Chemistry Renewal - LEED® Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations
SFU Shrum Chemistry major renew project won the 2012 Real Estate Board Commercial Building Excellence Award in the category of Commercial Renovation. The prime consultant for the project was Rui Nunes of Henriquez Architects. The project was led by KC Jones, Assistant Director, Major Projects. This project has achieved the LEED® Canada Gold for New Construction and Major Renovations in 2017. To see more building information, please click here.

Excellence in Energy Management
On October 16, 2014, SFU was once again recognized as a BC Hydro Power Smart Leader. Bohdan Kosteckj, Director of Operations & Maintenance, Facilities Services, accepted the award at the BC Hydro Awards ceremony held at SFU Goldcorp Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Simon Fraser University first won the BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award in the Leadership Excellence category in 2010, and again for each of the following 3 years (2011-2013). This Award is the highest level of customer recognition given by BC Hydro. The designation as a Power Smart Leader is reviewed every year based on achievement of energy performance goals for the past year. Having won the Leader Award for 5 years in a row clearly demonstrates SFU's sustained commitment to increasing energy efficiency and conservation efforts on campus.

Blusson Hall
Gold Medal for Lieutenant-Governor 2009 Awards in Architecture
2010 Merit Award of Society for College & University Planning (SCUP) Excellence in Architecture (

Chancellors' Gymnasium (West Wing & Fitness Centre)
2008 Recognition from Natural Resources Canada as Low Energy Use Building

Saywell Hall - SFU Burnaby's Arts & Social Science 1 Complex (ASSC1)
2008 Earth Award of Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
2008 Merit Award for Consulting Engineers of BC
2008 Excellence in Concrete Construction BC Award
Recognition from Natural Resources Canada for Low Energy use Building 2008
Gold Medal for Lieutenant-Governor 2009 Awards in Architecture
2010 Merit Award of Society for College & University Planning (SCUP) Excellence in Architecture

The Westminster Savings Credit Union Lecture Theatre - SFU Surrey's 200 Seat Theatre
2007 IDIBC Award of Excellence, Raven Design Consultants and Omicron AECS

Segal Graduate School of Business
2006 AIBC Special Jury Award
2007 Heritage BC Outstanding Achievement Award (Merrick Architecture)

Student Residences and Dining Hall
2006 Grand Award Winner
Awards for Excellence in Concrete Construction

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Medal for Excellence in Architecture
Lieutenant Governor of BC 2002 Awards in Architecture

Renovation Projects Awards

W.A.C. Bennett Library Main Floor Renewal

2015 British Columbia Library Association(BCLA) Merit Award for Building Projects

Community Engagement Awards

SFU Facilities Services won the 2014 City of Burnaby Environmental Star Award in Communications for its Let's Save Energy Together video campaign. The targeted social marketing campaign was aimed at behavioral changes that individuals can make to help save energy. The videos were created and produced by Perry Miotto of Pericoloso Productions and promoted through Public Affairs Media Relations, Sustainability Office and Sustainable SFU.

On June 9, 2013, Facilities Services and Sustainability Office received the 2013 City of Burnaby Environmental Star Award. Simon Fraser University Green Labs Program was recognized for their contributions to environmental sustainability and reducing the energy footprint of campus science buildings. Click here for more details of the Green Labs program, and details on the City of Burnaby Environmental Awards program.


Projects in the News

SFU Surrey's Academic Library, designed by Raven Design Consultants with Omicron AEC, was featured in ARCHIDEA #36/2007, page 31. ARCHIDEA is published by Forbo and is circulated internationally.

"Chancellor Gymnasium Expansion by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors – A Winning Team"
Award Magazine, August 2006 (cover photo and part of feature article on CEI Architecture)

Technology and Science Complex 1 (TASC 1) - full page photograph and project described as part of a feature article on Stuart Olson Construction (Construction Manager for TASC 1), Western Builder, Designer and Architect, Fall 2006

"A New Height", feature article on opening of SFU Surrey
AQ Magazine, November 2006

Segal Graduate School of Business "Open for Business",
Special business supplement, Vancouver Sun, May 3, 2006

SFU Surrey campus "SFU Opens $70m Whalley Campus, University focuses on tech training",
The Province, Sept. 10, 2006

TASC 2, feature article in "Canadian Buildings Utilize Sustainable Design Priniciples",
Tradeline Reports article, November 1, 2006

High Performance Achievements for Facilities

The Chancellor's Gymnasium Addition project was successful in its review under the Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) with an energy performance of 44.1% over the MNECB, and qualifies for a CBIP incentive award of $55,618.