University's Five Year Capital Plan

SFU’s physical infrastructure is at capacity, given our student numbers and research enterprise. It also is of an age requiring considerable investment in refurbishing, which offers exciting opportunities to re-envision space for contemporary and future needs. SFU’s Five-Year Capital Plan is the University’s ambitious $1 billion blueprint for constructing new facilities and renewing existing facilities and aging infrastructure aimed at expanding SFU campuses. The SFU Board of Governors approved the Plan and was submitted to Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training on June 29th, 2020.

SFU’s Five Year Capital Plan has been developed to address the current capacity pressures, respond to the growing demand and achieve SFU’s vision as the leading engaged university. The Plan is structured around four strategic initiatives:

  1. Burnaby Campus Renewal
  2. Surrey Campus Expansion
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Sustainability and Climate Action 

Project summaries outline key deliverables

The highest priority continues to be the development of the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building for the Burnaby Campus. The Health Systems Innovation and Sustainability Building at the Surrey campus is our next highest priority. A total of 9 projects are included in this year’s plan.  They are prioritized as follows:   

  • Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, SFU Burnaby
  • Health Systems Innovation & Sustainability, SFU Surrey
  • Library & Student Learning Commons Renewal (Phase 1), SFU Burnaby
  • Business & Creative Technologies, SFU Surrey
  • Multi-Purpose Complex - RC Brown Renewal (Phase 3), SFU Burnaby
  • Innovative Teaching & Other Facilities, SFU Surrey
  • Shrum Sciences (Biology) Renewal, SFU Burnaby
  • Academic Quadrangle Renewal (Phase 1), SFU Burnaby
  • Transportation Centre Renewal , SFU Burnaby

The projects listed are focused on aligning education and training with the demands of the BC labour market, strengthening BC’s global competitive advantage and maximizing social and economic benefits.