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M A R C H 2 0 2 1 | 75 Student Residence Development – Phase 1 – Simon Fraser University and elevator cores; it creates great social opportunities," says Venini. Thimm adds, "We tried to think about scales of community. As you move through the building we have infor- mal spaces on all floors, but the lounges that serve two floors at a time give a different sense of community. You are guaranteed to have face time with students and it is here you can hold a Thanksgiving dinner, for example." In addition to the expanse of cur- tain wall and glass, Down says that Linea wood ceiling panels were added to provide a warm, homely environ- ment and break up the visuals, while copper metal architectural panels by Keith Panel Systems that have already been oxidized, connect the building from outside to in. While the podium level contains a variety of amenity program areas such as a multipurpose room, games room, fitness room, music practice room, two staff faculty apartments, house lounge, as well as a lobby with front desk, bathrooms, and service spaces, the residential floors above are all sin- gle occupancy bedrooms for a total of 482 beds. These floors also contain commonly accessed private wash- rooms, laundry facilities, study rooms, and informal seating areas. Every two floors share an interconnected dou- ble-height floor lounge, however the top floor lounge is single-height and serves that floor only. As part of SFU's commitment to sustainability (the building is target- ting LEED Gold), attention was not only paid to ensure minimum waste, but one of the sources of heat for the new Residence Buildings now comes from the SFU District Energy System (DES) through means of an Energy Transfer Station (ETS) located within a basement mechanical room. The sys- tem uses clean wood waste to create an 80 percent reduction in green- house gas emissions when compared to fossil fuel and electricity use. In addition, attention has also been paid to aspects such as increasing student safety, as Venini explains: "We have installed a state-of-the-art secu- rity system. All the locks are electronic and managed by a centralized system, rather than being wireless. This is a first for SFU. The cost per lock was sig- nificantly more than keyed locks, but worth it. It's a very skookum system!" With an expected completion date at the end of April, the team reflects on what has been a very impressive proj- ect constructed during the throes of a pandemic. "The real takeaway for me with this project is the approach in how the project was contracted [it was a CM Roll-over contract model]. It really allowed you the opportunity to develop worthy relationships with the consultant group, the owner group, and the trades, and to bring forward your expertise. It created a team culture before we even started," says Down. For Venini, he is overjoyed with the project, and adds: "What really stands out to me is the high quality of the architecture. SFU wants to build buildings that will last for another 50 years and what the team has achieved here will help us with our mission to create successful student experiences today and for many years to come." A R EN D ER I N GS CO U RT E SY D I A LO G Custom Metal Fabrication Specializing in Stainless Steel Proud to be a part of the Stanley A. Milner Library Renovation 11402-120th Street, Edmonton, AB T5G 2Y2 Toll Free: 1-888-376-5335 Web: McKinleyTaylor_AWARD_1220.indd 1 12/4/20 3:44 STANLEY A. MILNER LIBRARY 780-801-6100 The anticipation has been worth the wait! An exceptional revitalization to our beautiful city. ArrowEngineering_AWARD_1220.indd 1 12/1/20 11:57 AM

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