Renovations

SFU Residence and Housing renovation updates

Looking for the latest renovation updates at SFU Residence and Housing? Check this page often to read more about impacts and progress. Please note: exact dates are subject to change, and additional updates will be posted as project details and work schedules are confirmed.

Towers

Exterior Water-Shedding Improvements

The purpose of this project is to restore and re-seal the exterior walls of all three towers (Shadbolt House, Barbara Rae House and Pauline Jewett House)

Timeline: Spring 2019 – Spring 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
In rare cases work will continue past 5:00pm but not later than 6:00pm.
Areas Effected: All exterior walls of the towers.
Impact on Residents: Residents in the areas where work is in progress may occasionally notice workers right outside the window of their room. Residents should expect noise. To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, fencing and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.

Update: April 2, 2020

Timeline: April - May 2020
Areas Effected: Pauline Jewett House, Barbara Rae House and Shadbolt House

The work is part of a multi-year project that will restore and re-seal the exterior of all three towers (SBH, BRH & PJH). Construction workers are now working on the final stage of the project. The remaining work is primarily focused on the areas around the fire escapes at the south ends of the towers, near the fire lane. Access to these areas will be from boom lifts.

Impact on Residents

  • grinding concrete
  • pressure washing
  • applying polyurethane coatings to the ledges
  • applying concrete sealer to the vertical surfaces
  • installing metal flashings
  • applying caulking 

Impact on Residents

  • Work immediately outside bedroom windows has been substantially completed.
  • Expect some noise.
  • Normal hours of work will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).  Work will also occur on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  In rare cases work will continue past 5:00 pm but not later than 6:00 pm. 

Safety and Security

  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, construction fencing, signage and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.

In order to prevent dust and fumes from entering your room, we recommend that you keep your window closed and latched whenever you are not in your room and whenever work is in progress nearby

Update: January 28, 2020

Timeline: January 28 - April 2020
Areas Effected: Pauline Jewett House exterior

Scaffolding has been erected to access the wall of PJH that faces south into the central courtyard (even-numbered rooms ending in 016 to 040).  Workers are covering the scaffolding with a material to keep the work area dry.  Electric heaters will also be installed to keep that enclosed exterior area warm.

Impact on Residents:

  • grinding concrete
  • pressure washing
  • applying polyurethane coatings to the ledges
  • applying concrete sealer to the vertical surfaces
  • installing metal flashings
  • applying caulking

Impact on Residents:

  • Work on the lower two levels has been substantially completed.
  • Expect some noise.
  • Normal hours of work will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).  Work will occasionally occur on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.  In rare cases work will continue past 5:00 pm but not later than 6:00 pm.

Safety and Security:

  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, construction fencing, signage and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.
  • Residents living in the areas where work is in progress may occasionally notice workers right outside the window of their room.

In order to prevent dust and fumes from entering your room, we recommend that you keep your window closed and latched whenever you are not in your room and whenever work is in progress nearby

Upgrades to Towers common washrooms

Update: May 2020

Friday, May 1, 2020: Renovated Washrooms Update - Quality Assurance Work - 

Timeline: May 4 to 6 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Scope of Work: As part of the quality assurance process, the contractors will be conducting some final adjustment and touch up work in the renovated washrooms.
Areas Effected: For these processes to occur, effected rooms will be closed for short periods of time.  At least one washroom on each floor will remain open at any given time.
Impact on Residents: Each washroom where work is in progress will be closed but alternate washrooms will be available in the other wing of the same floor and on the floor above or below. Residents should expect noise

In accordance with SFU's COVID-19 precautions, the contractors will follow appropriate physical distancing procedures.  As work is completed in each room, the contractors will disinfect all surfaces that they have touched in that room.

Update: December 2018

The common washrooms in the Towers will be upgraded with several new features. 

Timeline: December 2018 – Spring 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Scope of Work: New counters, new hand-washing sinks and faucets. New mirrors, with new lighting mounted on the wall in the spaces between the mirrors. New partitions for the toilet stalls and shower stalls for improved privacy. Existing lighting upgraded to LED.
Areas Effected: Washrooms will be renovated in groups of three or four at a time. Each group of washrooms will be closed for a seven-week period while renovations are in progress.
Impact on Residents: Each washroom where work is in progress will be closed but alternate washrooms will be available in the other wing of the same floor and on the floor above or below. Residents should expect noise

Window Coverings Upgrade

Replacement of curtains in common rooms.
Timeline:
 Fall 2019
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: PJH Common lounges (3rd through 8th floors).
Impact on Residents: We plan to remove all of the existing curtains in the common lounges and replace them with new blinds.

Shell House

Exterior Maintenance

The first phase of this project, Restoration of the Exterior Caulking, has been completed.

This update refers to the second phase of the project, Restoration of Damaged Concrete on the Exterior of the Structure.

Timeline: Summer 2019
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
In rare cases work will continue past 5:00 pm but not later than dusk.
Areas Effected: Shell House exterior.
Impact on Residents: 

  • Some noise (intermittent), from chipping away the concrete in several areas where it is damaged
  • Workers will not enter any bedrooms. Access will be from outside (not through the building), using boom lift equipment.
  • All work, including the removal of hazardous materials, will be done according to WorkSafe BC and SFU Health & Safety regulations.
  • Workers will have dust control measures in place when removing damaged concrete. In addition, if they find windows open near an area where concrete removal is in progress, they will push them closed.
  • Entrance and exit routes will be modified at times. Please comply with all signage and barricades.

Main Entrance and Lobby Remodeling

Renewal of Shell House main entry lobby to provide a more welcoming environment with new signage, and lighting.

Timeline: Summer 2020, starting May 4, 2020
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Scope of Work: This work includes the replacement of the main entrance doors, the glazing systems on both sides of the main entrance doors and the concrete walking surface immediately outside the doors, including the installation of a new recessed grate for wiping feet. The project also includes upgrades to the lighting immediately outside the main entrance doors.
Areas Effected: Main entry point to the building.
Impact on Residents:

  • Residents may be exposed to some noise (intermittent and relatively minor).
  • Entrance and exit routes will be modified at times. A temporary door will be set up immediately south of the existing door while work is in progress. Please comply with all signage and barricades.

Safety and Security:

  • Please comply with all signage and barricades.
  • Workers will follow COVID-19 precautions, insuring that physical distancing is maintained between the workers as well as between workers and the people entering and leaving the building.

Replacement of Hallway and Stairwell Lighting With LED Lights

To provide superior lighting and reduce energy consumption.

Timeline: Spring 2020
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: Stairwells and Hallways of Shell House.
Impact on Residents: Residents may be exposed to relatively minor noise.

Front Entrance Temporary Closure

Update: May 22, 2020

Timeline: Monday, May 25, 8:00 AM to Friday, May 29, 2020.

Hours of Work: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).

Purpose: Upgrading the front entrance for Shell House

Areas Effected: Main entry point to the building

Project Details:

  • This project includes the replacement of: 
    • the main entrance doors, 
    • the glazing systems on both sides of the main entrance doors and 
    • the concrete walking surface immediately outside the doors, including the installation of a new recessed grate for wiping feet.
  • The project also includes upgrades to the lighting immediately outside the main entrance doors.

Impact on Residents:

  • Occasional noise 
  • Entrance and exit routes will be modified at times.  A temporary door will be set up immediately south of the existing door while rebuild work is in progress.

Safety and Security:

  • Please comply with all signage and barricades. 
  • Workers will follow COVID-19 precautions, insuring that physical distancing is maintained between the workers as well as between workers and the people entering and leaving the building.

Update: May 28, 2020

Your electronic key (fob) will now work at the reader for the new temporary door when it is locked.  The door will be unlocked from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Work on the upgrades to the front entrance will continue until approximately the end of June.

Hours of Work: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).

Purpose: Upgrading the front entrance for Shell House

Areas Effected: Main entry point to the building

Project Details:

  • This project includes the replacement of: 
    • the main entrance doors, 
    • the glazing systems on both sides of the main entrance doors and 
    • the concrete walking surface immediately outside the doors, including the installation of a new recessed grate for wiping feet.
  • The project also includes upgrades to the lighting immediately outside the main entrance doors.

Impact on Residents:

  • Occasional noise 
  • Entrance and exit routes will be modified at times.  A temporary door will be set up immediately south of the existing door while rebuild work is in progress.

Safety and Security:

  • Please comply with all signage and barricades. 
  • Workers will follow COVID-19 precautions, insuring that physical distancing is maintained between the workers as well as between workers and the people entering and leaving the building.

McTaggart-Cowan Hall

Landscaping Improvements

Updating the space in front of McTaggart-Cowan Hall to provide a safer and more welcoming area for pedestrian traffic.
Timeline:
Fall 2018Summer 2019
Scope of Work: Removal of the old wooden retaining walls. Installation of a new concrete retaining wall with built-in benches installation of a boulder garden with extensive new planting, installation of railings along the ramps

Bedroom Window Coverings Upgrade

Installation of new roller blinds.
Timeline:
 Summer 2019 - Fall 2019.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: All resident rooms in McTaggart Cowan Hall.
Impact on Residents: In occupied rooms, the work will be substantially completed in a single day per room so that the resident has window coverings in place each night.  We will send date-specific notices in advance of the work in each unit.

Exterior Building Maintenance and Cleaning

Timeline: Summer/Fall 2019
Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Areas Effected:
All resident rooms in McTaggart Cowan Hall
Impact on Residents:
Residents in the areas where work is in progress may occasionally notice workers right outside the window of their room. Residence should expect noise. Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times. To ensure their safety, residents should watch for caution tape, fencing and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.

Reconstruction of Window Bays

Timeline: Saturday, May 30 2020

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Areas Effected: MCH 2207, 2213 4007, and 4217 

Impact on Residents: The contractors will be installing drywall in preparation for sanding and painting. Those residents adjacent to the above noted rooms may hear some drilling and banging.

Townhouses

Window Coverings Upgrade

Installation of new roller blinds.
Timeline:
 Summer 2019 - Fall 2019.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: All rooms in the Townhouses
Impact on Residents: In occupied rooms, the work will be substantially completed in a single day per room so that the resident has window coverings in place each night.  We will send date-specific notices in advance of the work in each unit.

Excavation Work: East of Cowichan Townhouse

Contractors under the direction of SFU Mechanical Services will be digging to locate a natural gas line. This work is necessary in order to satisfy safety code requirements.

Timeline: Starting Monday, Septemeber 16th, it could take from two days to two weeks to complete.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Areas Effected: Exterior of Cowichan Townhouse
Impact on Residents:

  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times. 
  • The stairs between the laundry room and West Campus Road will be closed at times. Residents can detour around the west end of the building.
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

Grounds Repairs

Repairs and upgrades to the Townhouse greenspaces.

Timeline: Ongoing
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: Exterior greenspaces, wooden retaining walls, asphalt pathways and concrete stairs.
Impact on Residents:

  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times. 
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

Exterior Repair: Repainting And Building Enclosure Rehabilitation 

Various repairs and upgrades to the exterior of the buildings, concluding with a complete repaint, as well as the installation of new gutters

Timeline: Summer 2018 – Summer 2020.
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Areas Effected: Exteriors of all nine Townhouse buildings.
Impact on Residents:

  • Varying amounts of noise and dust will be produced. 
  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted at times.  
  • Some of the work will occur directly outside the windows of the units, or on the top-floor balcony. 
  • Workers will not enter any townhouse units during the course of the work, except under exceptional circumstances, and then only following advance written notice. 
  • Throughout the course of the project, no non-essential work will occur during final exams periods, nor on move-out or move-in days. 
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

Kitimat Landscaping Repair

Timeline: August 2019 – October 2019
Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm (except holidays).
Occasional Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Scope of Work: The project will include a retaining wall, new stairs, railings and a new asphalt surface on the pathway in the area.  It will also include the installation of new soil and various new plants in the restored border areas.
Areas Effected:
 Access to the Kitimat Laundry room will be blocked at times. Residents should be advised to use the laundry room in either Kimberley House or Kelowna House as an alternate when required.
Impact on Residents: 

  • Pedestrian routes will be disrupted - alternate routes will be well marked.
  • To ensure their safety, residents should watch for and comply with all barricades, signage and verbal or written instructions related to this project.

View more information on planting and location here

Hamilton Hall

Charles Chang Innovation Centre

Installation Of New Parking Gate: Completed 

Addition of gates and fencing across the parking area to restrict access and increase safety. 

Timeline: June 2019 - August 2019 
Hours: Normal hours of work will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except holidays)
Areas Effected: South (back alley) entrance of SFU Residence at the Chang Centre 
Impact on Residents: 

  • Noise
  • Work will occur outside of the building 
  • Temporary access and egress routes with way finding signage will be in place as required
  • Please watch for caution tape and hazard making cones what will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress