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The Sustainable Energy Engineering Program
SFU is expanding our campus presence and continuing our partnership in the revitalization of Surrey's city centre.
A new program in sustainable energy engineering is being developed by the Faculty of Applied Sciences to address the pressing need for clean technology workers. This new program - the first of its kind in Western Canada - will be housed in a purpose-built, 15,000 square meter facility located across from Surrey's flagship City Centre Library at University Drive and 102nd Avenue.
The project has already received a combined $90 million in funding through the federal and provincial governments. Additional funding opportunities are available for individuals and corporations to round out the balance of the total $126 million initiative.
One of the last projects by late architect, Bing Thom, the building will serve as a sustainable design showcase for SFU and the City of Surrey. Its proximity to developing cleantech industry clusters within the South of the Fraser region will allow for enhanced collaboration in the provision of an industry-focused undergraduate engineering program.
By fall of 2018, the first two levels are expected to be complete. The bulding in this stage, will house a suite of engineering labs, classrooms and innovation workspaces. It will also contain administrative offices, study spaces, student central service spaces and plant maintenance facilities.
Here are a few images of the construction from ground breaking (left) to a recent shot of the progress in August 2017 (right):
In September 1965, SFU opened its doors for the very first time. The campus - still under construction - stood prominently atop Burnaby Mountain against the backdrop of Pacific coastal forest.