Student Feedback Sought for Campus Renewal Project

January 2013

Members of the Student Health Advocacy Committee (SHAC) sought feedback from students at SFU's Burnaby campus on a scheduled renovation in the South Academic Quadrangle (AQ).

The renovation, scheduled for the lower level of the South AQ, below Images Theatre is the third, in a series of planned renovations to revitalize both the public and student spaces on campus to ensure there are appropriate spaces where students can gather to work collaboratively as well as complete individual work. 

According to Alisa Stanton, Health Promotion Specialist and advisor for the SHAC students; “Seeking feedback on this renovation is a good fit for SHAC this year because their current focus is on exploring opportunities for improving social connectedness on campus. We know that physical spaces play a big role in how students connect on campus, and it’s great for students to have a say in how this new space is designed. “

The focus on creating a welcoming, effective gathering space for students and the desire of the committee to seek and integrate student input at the planning stages of the renovation is a great example of how various groups across campus can contribute to a Healthy Campus Community.  The opportunity for students to articulate what elements are required to make the space functional for their needs is a critical component of good physical design which, in turn, supports student well-being.

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