Construction Updates and Community Planning

Residence is expanding

We’re growing and that means big things for all residents. More amenities and common spaces. More programming opportunities for students to grow, develop and enjoy. More room to house more students. The Residence and Housing Master Plan outlines five (5) phases of new housing on the Burnaby Mountain campus. Phase 1, which opened on May 31, 2021.  The two new buildings will provide an additional 482 beds for residents. This construction as well as the ongoing renovation and maintenance to our current buildings will help us continue to provide living learning environments that are safe, attractive, well maintained, comfortable and welcoming all aimed at creating successful student experiences.

To read up more on Phase 2, please visit our New Residence Buildings page.

Hours of construction

Construction within residences follows the city of Burnaby construction bylaws. Constructions hours will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burnaby Noise or Abatement, by-law: Number 7332 - page 5: 15.(1)

Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall carry or cause to be carried on any works in connection with the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or demolition of any building, structure, improvement or other thing

  • (a) before 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday;
  • (b) before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday;
  • (c) at any time on Sunday or any statutory holiday.

Your safety

Due to various construction activities around the residence area, there are a number of construction zones that will impact pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

  • Please be cautious and aware around these construction zones
  • Watch for hazards and obey signage and/or instructions from flag persons
  • Do not enter any closed areas

If you have trouble finding or require assistance to and from Residence, please contact Campus Security at 778-782-7991 to request a Safewalk.

Phase 2: Student Housing and Services


Phase 2: Student Housing and Services


Former Madge Hogarth House Location
Time frame:   Spring 2021- Mid-2023 (Estimated Completion)
Hours of work (in compliance with the Burnaby Noise or Sound Abatement Bylaw 1979)

Phase 2 will play a significant role in community engagement, student citizenship, and student academic success. This new residence community will provide space for programming to promote and welcome students, provide lively, public spaces for all students, rooms for socializing, and flexible spaces for bringing the academic experience closer to the resident community experience. Phase 2 will also include short-term accommodations for visitors to campus and a centrally located office suite which will be built to accommodate the Residence and Housing staff and centralize services for residents.



Mctaggart-Cowan Hall Exterior Envelope Renewal


South side residences
Time frame:  Building Closure May 2023 – August 2024
Hours of work (in compliance with the Burnaby Noise or Sound Abatement Bylaw 1979)
Expected noise and disruption Expected Noise and Disruption:  Residents in buildings near the area will be impacted by noise.  There may be periodic disruption to traffic along Residence Lane and Terry Fox Lane.

Built in 1986 McTaggart-Cowan Hall is now 36 years old.  Extensive interior renovations were conducted 4-6 years ago to update washrooms, kitchens and the fire suppression system.  The roof was replaced in 2020/21.  The buildings primary enclosure areas (e.g. Windows and walls) have reached the end of their effective service lives and require replacement.  The focus of this project will be on the vertical envelope and supplementary mechanical ventilation of the building.  In addition, the implementation of this envelope renewal strategy will bring about positive impacts towards reducing energy usage, improving user comfort, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as helping maintain a consistent architectural standard across the campus.  During this extended closure of the building, Resident room furniture will be replaced, and flooring will be repaired.