October 2019 – Making Waves

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C R E AT E D BY BCBusiness I N PA RT N E RS H I P W IT H SFU pendent campus building, he says, Thom's mixed-use devel- opment revived the fortunes of a faltering neighbourhood and helped to establish a new urban focal point for the province's fastest growing city – a transformation reinforced by the City of Surrey's investments in a new City Hall and Central Library, combined with investments from the private sector and public agencies such as the Fraser Health Authority. SFU also has further growth plans for the area, and has just opened another remarkable Bing Thom-designed building that combines labs and classrooms for its new Sustainable Energy Engineering program with space for community use. In these ways, the university has been able to "leverage their invest- ments for a lot bigger yield than from just building new facili- ties," Beasley notes. Even while revitalizing and enriching Vancouver and Surrey, SFU has modeled innovative city building on Burnaby Moun- tain, Beasley says. "If it was only a matter of getting value out of their original endowment, SFU could have done just a basic housing add-on. Instead, they have built a complete, resilient, sustainable and socially responsible community." UniverCity now has over 5,000 residents (on its way to over 9,000), with a commercial high street that serves the university as well as the community. The development has been a global trend setter, contributing everything from a zero-footprint UniverCity Child- care centre hailed as the greenest on the planet to a low-carbon neighbourhood energy utility and, soon, a 12,000-square-foot art museum, sponsored by the Marianne and Edward Gibson Trust. Beasley says, "It's an exemplary settlement, a model of contemporary thinking. I don't think UniverCity has received anywhere near the national attention that it deserves." Petter is equally enthused. "SFU has been forever conscious about leveraging our resources to the fullest extent possible for the benefit of our communities. At the same time, our engage- ment strategy has enriched learning experiences and research opportunities for students and faculty, and helped to strengthen the university's reputation. In Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby, we have shown how a university can do well by doing good." n P R O M O T E D C O N T E N T FACEBOOK facebook.com/ simonfraseruniversity TWITTER twitter.com/sfu INSTAGRAM instagram.com/ simonfraseru/ LINKEDIN linkedin.com/school/ simon-fraser-university/ Richard Littlemore, a frequent contributor to BC Business, is also frequently engaged by SFU, which sponsored this content. adjacent the original campus on Burnaby Mountain.

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