Simon Fraser University has unveiled expansion details for their Surrey campus.
The five-storey 15,000-square-meter building will cost $126-million, with $90 million coming from government funding and the remainder from SFU and private donors.
This is only the first phase of a three-phase development plan for the Surrey campus. By mid-2018, the first two levels of the new building are expected to be completed.
“Surrey has been SFU’s top priority for expansion, and we hugely appreciate the government support announced today,” says SFU President Andrew Petter. “This state-of-the-art facility will enable our students and researchers to gain the knowledge and skills required to help British Columbia and Canada become an innovation leader in the clean tech and sustainable energy sector.”
The campus will expand its research capabilities in clean tech and give entrepreneurship and mechatronics students a dedicated space.
“Having a university of the magnitude of SFU is an important factor in the on-going growth and development of the Surrey City Centre area,” says Mayor Linda Hepner. “The research focus of the new campus expansion, and SFU’s strengths in entrepreneurship, perfectly align with the City of Surrey’s priorities of being a leader in innovation, sustainability and clean technology. The City of Surrey is a proud partner and supporter of SFU and is one of the key funding partners of the University’s Research Chair in Energy Systems for Smart Cities.”
The new building will include the following features:
- A 400-seat lecture hall on the ground floor that will serve the SFU Surrey campus and will be also accessible to the broader Surrey community.
- The building is organized around a central grand atrium space. The expression of nature in the building will complement the new program’s focus on the environment and sustainability.
- The atrium will be used as a large return air ‘plenum,’ which will reduce overall fan power and take advantage of the natural draft throughout the five-level atrium.
It will be located across from Surrey’s City Centre Library, which is next to the Skytrain and other means of transit.
There will also be dedicated stalls to charge electric vehicles in the underground parking area.
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