Campus Master Plan Interim Report - SFU Burnaby 2065

Campus Master Plan Interim Report - SFU Burnaby 2065
SFU BURNABY 2065
C A M P U S      M A S T E R                 P L A N
INTERIM REPORT                                     MARCH 2019




                     Urban Strategies
                     PFS Studio
                     Kerr Wood Leidal Ltd.
                     Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd.
                     Stantec Architecture
Campus Master Plan Interim Report - SFU Burnaby 2065
THANK YOU!
The campus planning team would like to thank all of the many contributors to this
interim report, including everyone who took the time to participate in interviews & group
discussions with our team; complete our online survey; and participate in workshops,
panel discussions, and events. All of your input and feedback has been instrumental in
the development of this interim report, and will continue to guide our work as we move
forward towards a full draft of the campus master plan over the next phases of work.

We look forward to continuing to share our work in progress with you at our April 4th
open house event.

Visit www.sfuburnaby2065.ca for more details
Campus Master Plan Interim Report - SFU Burnaby 2065
CONTENTS
1.0   INTRODUCTION                                        5

1.1   Overview of the Campus Master Plan Interim Report    5
1.2   The Campus Planning Team                             7
1.3   The Planning & Engagement Process                    8
1.4   How to Read the Interim Report                      10

2.0   SETTING THE CONTEXT                                 13

2.1   History of the Land                                 13
2.2   History of the Campus                               15

3.0   BUILDING A CONVERSATION                             19
      ABOUT THE FUTURE
3.1   Engaging the SFU Community                          19
3.2   What We've Heard so Far                             20
3.3   Summary of Engagement Activities                    28


4.0   THE CAMPUS TODAY                                    37
4.1   Revisiting Foundational Erickson/Massey Concepts    37
4.2   Physical Directions                                 40

5.0   VISION FOR SFU BURNABY 2065                         55
5.1   Draft Guiding Principles                            56
5.2   Draft Vision Framework                              58
5.3   Opportunities to Support Communities                67
5.4   Next Steps                                          68
Campus Master Plan Interim Report - SFU Burnaby 2065
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01 INTRODUCTION
  1.1      OVERVIEW OF THE CAMPUS MASTER PLAN INTERIM REPORT


SFU Campus Planning &              THE NEED FOR A CAMPUS MASTER PLAN                                                                   SFU BURNABY 2065
Development is in the process                                                                                                          & OTHER PLANNING PROCESSES
of creating the SFU Burnaby        SFU first opened on September 9, 1965 as the      The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan           This Plan is one of the key tools that will
2065 Campus Master Plan, a         “Instant University”, having grown from an        takes this leap forward, providing a foundation   support SFU’s efforts to maintain itself as a
comprehensive plan that will       idea to a built campus with 2,500 students in     and structure to strengthen SFU Burnaby           highly competitive academic institution with
                                   only 30 months. Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey      as an inspiring and beautiful destination for     a full complement of facilities and campus
provide a physical vision and      Massey’s original vision for the campus has       academic learning, cutting-edge research,         environment capable of attracting the best and
flexible planning and decision-    provided a strong foundation and enduring         and broad community engagement. The Plan          brightest students, faculty and staff, as well
making framework to guide the      legacy, helping to guide the first 50 years of    responds to the need to provide a sustainable     as welcoming and actively engaging broader
evolution of the campus over the   incremental campus growth and development.        campus, to support truth and reconciliation       communities in SFU’s academic, research,
                                                                                     and the indigenization of the campus, and to      athletic, and arts and cultural activities.
next 50 years.                     SFU Burnaby has now physically expanded           respond to changes in pedagogy, research,         It seeks to align the evolution of the SFU
                                   beyond the area originally contemplated by        and student expectations.                         Burnaby’s physical campus with SFU’s broader
The Interim Report summarizes      the Erickson/Massey framework, with some                                                            mission. As such, it has been informed by and
work-to-date on the Campus         aspects of the original vision for a modern       The Campus Plan is structured by an               should be considered in the context of other
                                   university campus proving to be more              overarching    Vision   Framework      which      ongoing planning processes at SFU, including
Master Plan, including the         successful than others. In this time, some        considers the elements of the campus that         academic planning, spatial needs planning,
following:                         new ideas such as UniverCity have come to         should be preserved and enhanced, areas           and strategic planning among others.
>> An introduction to the Campus   fruition, alongside continued planning for        where renewal and new development should
                                   others, such as the Gondola. The University’s     occur, and the structure of the interior and
   Master Plan and process         success has also led to the development of        exterior public spaces and connections that
>> Reporting back on engagement    satellite campuses in Surrey and downtown         support ease of movement and community life
   to date                         Vancouver. To continue this success, it is time   across the campus.
>> Summary analysis of the         to establish a comprehensive physical vision
                                   and framework to guide the evolution of the
   campus and context              Burnaby campus as it continues to respond
>> An emerging vision for SFU      to this changing context, and the broader
   Burnaby 2065                    contemporary opportunities and challenges
                                   that face all post-secondary institutions.


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The Study Area                                                                                                  UniverCity
    SFU’s land holdings include much of the peak of Burnaby Mountain, in addition to lands in
    Surrey and Downtown Vancouver. This plan contemplates the future of the SFU Burnaby
    campus only, as illustrated below. As the UniverCity lands are controlled by SFU Community
    Trust, they were not formally included within the Study Area. However, the importance of the
    relationship and connections between the SFU Burnaby Campus and UniverCity have factored
    prominently in the development of this Plan.




                                                                                  S t u d y A re a




                                                                                                     Burnaby Mountain
                                                                                                     C o n s e r v a t i o n A re a


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1.2          THE CAMPUS PLANNING TEAM

The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan           A Campus Design Review Panel has been               Management Committee Members
process is managed by SFU Campus Planning         convened, who will meet at three key points
and Development, led by a core Management         in the planning process to review and provide        Elizabeth Starr (Project Manager)   Campus Planner
Committee and guided by an Executive Steering     feedback on work-in-progress on the Campus           Ian Abercombie                      Director, Campus Planning and Development
Committee. The Management Committee               Master Plan. The panel is made up of design          Kera McArthur                       Executive Director, President’s Office
works directly with the consultant team           experts from a variety of perspectives,              Larry Waddel                        Chief Facilities Officer
appointed to the project, meeting regularly       including leaders in contemporary modernist
with the Executive Steering Committee to          architecture,     landscape      architecture,      Executive Steering Committee Members
review and refine the Plan as it is developed.    indigenous     architecture,   and   heritage
                                                  architecture, with a focus on experience with        Martin Pochurko (Chair)             Vice President, Finance & Administration
An interdisciplinary consultant team has been     the Erickson/Massey legacy at SFU Burnaby.           Joanne Curry                        Vice President, External Relations
appointed to provide a variety of expertise                                                            Michael Den Haan                    Vice President, Advancement & Alumni Engagement
during the planning process and preparation       The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan              Joy Johnson                         Vice President, Research and International
of the Plan. The team is led by Urban             is the result of the efforts of many individuals,    Peter Keller                        Vice President, Academic & Provost
Strategies (Campus Planning & Development,        including SFU’s core Management Committee,           Kera McArthur                       Executive Director, President’s Office
Urban Design), with PFS Studio (Landscape         the Executive Steering Committee, the                Larry Waddel                        Chief Facilities Officer
Architecture), Endall & Elliot Architects         Board of Governors, the President, and the
(Architecture), Bunt (Transportation), and Kerr   many members of the broader SFU Burnaby             Campus Design Review Panel
Wood Leidal (Civil Engineering). The Campus       community who continue to share their
Plan team has engaged Ouri Scott, a Tlicho        thoughts and comments throughout the                 James Cheng (Chair)                 James KM Cheng Architects
Dene architect of Urban Arts Architecture         process.                                             Larry Beasley                       Beasley & Associates Inc.
and participant on the Campus Design Review                                                            Lee Gavel                           Consultant & former SFU Chief Facilities Officer
Panel, to advise on engagement of indigenous                                                           Cynthia Girling                     School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, UBC
communities during the planning process.                                                               Michael Heeney                      Surrey City Development Corporation
                                                                                                       Norm Hotson                         Hotson Architecture
                                                                                                       Donald Luxton                       Donald Luxton & Associates
                                                                                                       Ouri Scott                          Urban Arts Architecture
                                                                                                       John Wall                           Public




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1.3        THE PLANNING & ENGAGEMENT PROCESS


The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master
Plan was initiated in January 2018, targeting
completion in the Summer of 2019. The
planning process follows a six phase work plan
with strategic opportunities for community
engagement positioned during each phase
of work. These opportunities for broad
community consultation and engagement are
a structuring element of the planning process,
intended to provide meaningful opportunities
for the university community to inform the
development of Campus Master Plan. This
Interim Report reflects work completed to
date through Phase 3 of the process. The
process brings a variety of perspectives
and stakeholders together to engage in a
conversation about the future of the SFU
Burnaby Campus, which will continue to
inform the development and to guide continued
refinement of the SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus
Master Plan as work progresses.                          Figure 1-1. Process Diagram




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PHASE 1                                         PHASE 3                                        PHASE 4                                           PHASE 6
PROJECT INITIATION & SCOPING 		                 VISIONING & GUIDING PRINCIPLES                 MASTER PLAN FRAMEWORK &                           FINAL CAMPUS MASTER PLAN &
Winter 2018                                     Summer/Fall 2018                               RECOMMENDATIONS                                   IMPLEMENTATION
                                                                                               Winter 2019                                       Summer/Fall 2019
Phase 1 laid the groundwork for the            Phase 3 involved building up a conversation
Campus Master Planning process, which          about the future of the campus to inform the    The team will explore different policy            Feedback received from the Executive
included confirming the planning process,      preparation and refinement of a renewed         directions and structural options for SFU’s       Steering Committee, Board of Governors, and
schedule and preparation of an engagement      vision and guiding principles for the campus.   campus-wide systems, including campus form        broader campus community will inform the
strategy. Phase 1 Engagement Activities            >> Campus Design Review Panel #1:           and land use, movement, landscapes, and           finalization of the Campus Master Plan, and
included establishing the Executive Steering           physical analysis and draft Guiding     physical infrastructure. Phase 4 Engagement       development of implementation strategies.
Committee, launching a project website, and            Principles                              Activities will include Campus Design Review      Phase 6 Engagement Activities will include
confirming key stakeholders to be included in      >> The Future of the Burnaby Campus         Panel Session #2 and a Community Open             an implementation workshop with the key
future consultation activities.                        public event: keynote presentation      House.                                            stakeholders who will be responsible for the
                                                       from education futurist Dr. John                                                          Campus Master Plan’s implementation.
PHASE 2                                                Moravec and panel discussion with
                                                                                               PHASE 5
                                                       other thought leaders
ISSUES & OPPORTUNITIES 		 >> Vision SFU Burnaby 2065: interactive                              DRAFT MASTER PLAN
Spring/Summer 2018                                                                             Spring/Summer 2019
                                                       visioning workshop with invited key
                                                       stakeholders, including Phase 2
Through analysis and a series of interviews                                                    The team will detail and refine campus-wide
                                                       interviewees, to refine draft Guiding
with key University stakeholders, the campus                                                   system drawings, supporting policies and
                                                       Principles and Vision Framework
planning team worked to identify central                                                       recommendations, as well as developing more
issues, opportunities and guiding principles                                                   specific precinct plans, special policy areas,
                                               Phase 3 Engagement Activities included a
for the master planning process. Phase 2                                                       land reserve policies and design guidelines,
                                               series of workshops and events to inform
Engagement Activities included hosting a                                                       all synthesized into a full draft of the Campus
                                               and engage with the emerging vision and
series of over 45 key stakeholder interviews,                                                  Master Plan. Phase 5 Engagement Activities
                                               guiding principles. Phase 3 culminates in the
and employing a map-based online survey tool                                                   will include Campus Design Review Panel
                                               production of this Interim Report.
to collect input from the broader community on                                                 Session #3 and a Community Open House.
their experience of the SFU Burnaby Campus,
which received over 1,500 responses.


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1.4          HOW TO READ THE INTERIM REPORT
The Campus Plan will be divided into eight chapters. Chapters 1 to 5 have been completed in draft within this Interim Report, providing an overview
of the Campus Plan, outlining the context, planning process, vision framework and guiding principles. Chapters 6 to 8 have yet to be completed, and
will be developed through Phases 4-6 of the project. These future chapters will provide more detailed direction for new investment and development,
including the overall structure of campus systems, building design guidelines and precinct plans, and implementation mechanisms and strategies.



     Chapter 1                                                Chapter 2                                        Chapter 3                                     Chapter 4

     Introduction                                             Setting the Context                              Building a Conversation                       The Campus Today
                                                                                                               About the Future

     This chapter provides an overview of the                 This chapter explores the history and            This chapter synthesizes key themes           This chapter analyzes the physical campus
     Plan and how to read it.                                 evolution of Burnaby Mountain, including         and messages that emerged during              and Erickson/Massey legacy, concluding
                                                              its indigenous history, the historic build out   the planning processes multi-faceted          with a series of overarching Physical
                                                              of the campus, and current projects and          engagement strategy, which have informed      Directions that guide more detailed
                                                              initiatives.                                     a list of key themes, issues, opportunities   recommendations in later chapters.
                                                                                                               and objectives that this Plan works to
                                                                                                                address.




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TO BE COMPLETED IN THE NEXT PHASES OF WORK


Chapter 5                                      Chapter 6                                     Chapter 7                                 Chapter 8

The Campus Vision                              The Campus Plan                               Building Design Guidelines                Implementation
                                                                                             & Precinct Plans
This chapter establishes Guiding Principles    This chapter will identify more detailed      This chapter will serve as a key          This chapter will outline detailed
and a conceptual Vision Framework that         directions for major campus systems           implementation tool, providing specific   recommendations        to   support     the
begins to illustrate the long-term vision      including land use, movement, landscape       design direction for projects to ensure   successful implementation of the plan,
for the physical campus. This vision           and open spaces, and infrastructure and       they successfully contribute to the       such as procedures for how to define and
framework provides a foundation for more       utilities. University projects within each    broader vision for the SFU Burnaby        approve new projects, and a summary
detailed work on a physical Campus Vision      of these systems will also identified here,   Campus.                                   of the University Projects contemplated
 in the next phase of work.                    and summarized in the following Chapter.                                                within the plan. With a focus on near term
                                                                                                                                       implementation, this section will include
                                                                                                                                       a 10-year demonstration plan and related
                                                                                                                                       list of high priority actions and projects
                                                                                                                                       that have the greatest potential to act
                                                                                                                                       as catalysts towards a new vision for the
                                                                                                                                       SFU Burnaby Campus.




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02 SETTING THE CONTEXT
Providing guidance for the
future, the Campus Master Plan            2.1                   HISTORY OF THE LAND
reflects the past and is grounded
in the present. This chapter         TRADITIONAL TERRITORIES
acknowledges the SFU Burnaby                                                                                                      The Tsleil-Waututh (Selíl̓ witulh
                                                                                                                                                                 ̓     ) people      When SFU was being built in 1965, Burnaby
campus lands as the traditional      Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus is                                                  occupied a vast area of land in Greater            Mountain was not part of any First Nations
                                     on the traditional territories of the Squamish                                                                                                  reserves, although people from many nations
territories of the Coast Salish      (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh
                                                                                                                                  Vancouver, ranging from areas around the
                                                                                                                                  Burrard Inlet, Deep Cove in North Vancouver,       lived nearby and considered it within their
People, and traces the origins and   (səlilw̓
                                          ̓ ətaʔɬ), Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm)                                                       Coquitlam Lake, Howe Sound, to south of the        unceded territories. The First Nations were
evolution of the campus up to the    and Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) Nations. The                                                    Fraser River. The Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm)         not consulted on the choice of site or other
present day.                         history of First Nations people on Burnaby                                                   First Nation are Sto:lo people who now live in     aspects of building the university.
                                     Mountain goes back thousands of years. While                                                 Coquitlam near the mouth of the Coquitlam
                                     villages were located at lower elevations,                                                   River where it flows into the Fraser River.
                                     resources were collected on a seasonal cycle.
                                     The mountain was used as a place to hunt                                                     Christopher Lewis, who is a member of
                                     and to gather arbutus bark and other plant                                                   SFU’s Board of Governors and a member of
                                     resources.                                                                                   Chiefs and Council for the Squamish Nation,
                                                                                                                                  provided information in an interview for The
                                     The four Nations shared resources and utilized                                               Peak that the shoreline of the mountain was
                                     the land of Burnaby Mountain in various                                                      a place where Coast Salish People collected
                                     ways. The Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) have a                                                     sea urchins and participated in other low
                                     history documented for over 4,000 years with                                                 tide harvesting activities. Ron Johnston, Pro-
                                     a focus on the Fraser River. The Squamish                                                    tem Director for SFU's Office for Aboriginal
                                     (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) have numerous village sites                                                   Peoples, mentioned in his interview with The
                                     dating back 3,000 years over a territory with                                                Peak that Burnaby Mountain was also a place
                                     boundaries that embrace all of Howe Sound,                                                   for hunting and gathering and was an especially
                                     Burrard Inlet and English Bay as well as the                                                 popular place for harvesting Arbutus Wood.
                                     rivers and creeks that flow into these bodies                                                Johnston noted that like most mountains
                                     of water. Many locations hold a particular                                                   and higher places where such activities took
                                     significance for the Squamish Nation because                                                 place, Burnaby Mountain was a special place
                                     of their relationship with the land.                                                         for prayer, solitude, and reflection so that one
                                                                                                                                  could connect with the Creator.                    Declaration of Spirit
                                     References:

                                     Walk this Path with Us, Report of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council, 2017
                                     The history of Coast Salish peoples on Burnaby Mountain, The Peak, Bernice Puzon, February 28, 2017



                                                                                                                                                                             SETTING THE CONTEXT 02                            13
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

                                                         In 2017, SFU underwent a comprehensive              In addition to providing a vision for          The Campus Plan team has engaged Ouri
                                                         review of how the University could                  an indigenized campus, a number of             Scott, a Tlicho Dene architect of Urban Arts
                                                         respond to the Truth and Reconciliation             recommendations in Walk this Path with Us      Architecture, to advise on engagement of
                                                         Commission’s Calls to Action. The findings          provide specific guidance over the course of   indigenous communities during the planning
                                                         and recommendations from the process are            the Campus Master Plan:                        process. This has informed a number of
                                                         outlined in the report, Walk this Path with Us,                                                    processes and protocols, that will continue to
                                                         Report of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation          >> Expansion of the Indigenous Student        be undertaken, including:
                                                         Council (ARC Report).                                   Centre
                                                                                                              >> Visible Inclusion and Representation of     >> Inviting the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
                                                         The ARC Report acknowledges that a number               Aboriginal Peoples                             Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səlilw̓
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ̓ ətaʔɬ),
                                                         of programs and supports for Indigenous              >> Indigenous Art and Commissioned                Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm), and
                                                         students staff and faculty have been put in place       Artifacts Installation                         Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) Nations on
                                                         at SFU, “there yet remains much work to be           >> Removal of Existing Colonial Art and           whose traditional territories Simon
                                                         done. Throughout the five-month consultation            Artifacts                                      Fraser University’s Burnaby campus is
                                                         process of the Aboriginal Reconciliation             >> Creation of a Safe, Respectful, and            located to provide insight and direction
                                                         Council (ARC), Council members listened to              Inclusive Campus Community                  >> Inviting off-campus Indigenous
                                                         stories of pain, racism, and disillusionment,        >> Ceremonial Spaces                              community organizations to specific
                                                         from Aboriginal students, staff, faculty, and        >> Indigenous Student Spaces                      workshops and to public open house
                                                         alumni. Each of the recommendations in [the]         >> Indigenous Student Housing                     events
                                                         Report was crafted to create, support, and           >> Indigenous Visual Representation and        >> Creating a safe space and following
                                                         sustain a changed and better environment for            Wayfinding                                     protocols when engaging with Elders
                                                         SFU’s Aboriginal students, staff, and faculty.                                                         and Indigenous communities
                                                         The enduring legacy of ARC will be a change                                                         >> Reaching out to Local Nations with
                                                         in our own University culture, in the way we                                                           respect and use of protocols
                                                         think, act, and interact with each other and                                                        >> Acknowledgement of traditional lands
                                                         with the Aboriginal communities on whose                                                               and territories at gatherings
                                                         traditional and unceded territories Simon                                                           >> Incorporating ceremony
                                                         Fraser University is built.”                                                                        >> Sharing food at gatherings
                                                                                                                                                             >> Recognizing and reducing barriers to
                                                                                                                                                                participation
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2.2                   HISTORY OF THE CAMPUS

SFU BURNABY ORIGINS                                                                         FIVE DECADES OF                                and subsequent 1990 update by Arthur            the horizon, such as the continued build out of
                                                                                            INCREMENTAL GROWTH                             Erickson Architects. With the last update       UniverCity, interest in the Gondola connection
The recommendation for a new University                                                                                                    undertaken almost 30 years ago, over time       to the Production Way SkyTrain station, and
to serve the BC Lower Mainland was first                                                    With initial construction of the core campus   the campus has expanded beyond the extent       construction of new residences and amenities
identified in a January 1963 report, and assent                                             beginning in 1964, SFU Burnaby has             of the original Development Plan with some      on the west campus, it is increasingly
from the BC Legislature to establish SFU                                                    experienced five decades of incremental        developments demonstrating inconsistencies,     important to provide a contemporary planning
was received only two months later. In May                                                  growth and development, which have primarily   or in some cases, a full departure from the     framework to guide the continued evolution of
of 1963 Dr. Gordon M. Shrum was appointed                                                   been guided by the Erickson/Massey 1963        original Development Plan. With a number of     the campus in the decades to come.
Chancellor, and tasked with selecting the                                                   Simon Fraser University Development Plan       new exciting initiatives and opportunities on
University’s location from a variety of sites.
Burnaby Mountain was selected for its views
of the Burrard Inlet, Fraser River, Vancouver
Harbour, and the surrounding mountains. The
Chancellor initiated a design competition for
the University. The Vancouver firm of Erickson/
Massey won the competition, and the four
other selected firms – William R. Rhone and
Randle Iredale; Zoltan Kiss; Duncan McNab,
Harry Lee, and David Logan; and Robert F.
Harrison – each designed at least one building
within the Erickson/Massey plan. Construction
began in the spring of 1964 and 18 months
later, on September 9, 1965, SFU opened
to 2,500 students. Upon opening its doors
2.5 years after it was first conceived, SFU
Burnaby was dubbed the “Instant University”.
The distinct location atop Burnaby Mountain,
and the innovative design competition both
contributed to an architectural legacy that has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Credit UniverCity
since won many awards.
                                                                                            Historical view of the campus
References:
"History of Simon Fraser University" - https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar_archive/08.09%20calendar/historyofSFU.htm



                                                                                                                                                                                   SETTING THE CONTEXT 02
"SFU's Architecture" - https://www.sfu.ca/archives/archives-program/outreach/architechture.html

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A FOCUS ON UniverCity

                                                         The Erickson/Massey 1963 Development                                                     Fund to support teaching and research,               significant innovation and leadership in
                                                         always envisioned SFU Burnaby as an anchor                                               allowing SFU to leverage the value of its land       sustainable building practices, stormwater
                                                         for a residential community on Burnaby                                                   holdings to support its academic mission. Now        management, and district energy, providing
                                                         Mountain. This vision was advanced in the                                                that UniverCity is nearing its full build out, it    inspiration and raising the bar for future
                                                         mid 1990s as SFU negotiated with the City of                                             has been highly successful in both of these          development on the Mountain.
                                                         Burnaby on the Official Community Plan (OCP)                                             regards. UniverCity has also demonstrated
                                                         and related zoning by-law amendments that
                                                         have guided the development of UniverCity.
                                                         As part of the negotiation to permit the
                                                         development of a dense, mixed use community
                                                         on University-owned lands, SFU transferred
                                                         more than 320 ha of its land holdings to the City
                                                         to expand the Burnaby Mountain Conservation
                                                         Area. In return, the OCP permits up to 4,536
                                                         residential units on approximately 65 ha of land
                                                         surrounding the campus, along with school
                                                         facilities, neighbourhood parks, a commercial
                                                         core, and other community facilities.

                                                         SFU had two key aspirations in advancing
                                                         UniverCity. Because the campus’ removed
                                                         location, UniverCity presented an opportunity
                                                         to create a more complete community with
                                                         a broader range of housing choices and
                                                         commercial shops, services and amenities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Credit Terraces at SFU
                                                         to serve both UniverCity and SFU. This
                                                         development also established an Endowment                                                A view of campus with UniverCity in the foreground

                                                         References:
                                                         "History" - http://univercity.ca/about-us/history/
                                                         "MEASURING PERFORMANCE: 4 X E = SUSTAINABILITY" - http://univercity.ca/sustainability/



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CURRENT PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

A number of current development initiatives
are underway and at writing various stages
from initial concepts and ideas, to more
detailed planning, approval and funding,
and construction. For projects that are less
advanced there is an opportunity for this Plan
to not only anticipate and respond to these
projects, but also to inform how these projects
are advanced in relation to emerging Master
Plan directions and recommendations. Where
projects are fully approved, funded and or
under construction, the Campus Master Plan         Residence building - Phase 1   Corix Biomass Renewable Energy Centre
will incorporate these as the newest elements
of the campus.

The final Campus Master Plan will provide a
comprehensive list of current projects and
initiatives, as well as a list of recommended
projects to be contemplated. The images to the
right feature exciting new initiatives at SFU.
While an image is not available at the time of
righting, SFU is also working to establish a new
indigenous gathering space on the campus.




                                                   Student Union building




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03 BUILDING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FUTURE
This chapter provides an overview
of all of the engagement activities     3.1          ENGAGING THE SFU COMMUNITY
that have informed work-in-
progress on the Campus Master         Through the Master Planning Process, a robust        >> The ‘Vision SFU’ interactive stakeholder
Plan, as well as providing a          and multi-faceted engagement program                    workshop, providing an opportunity for
summary of the common themes,         continues to be advanced, providing strategic           key stakeholder interview participants
                                      opportunities for students, faculty, staff, SFU         to review and engage with work-in-
issues and objectives that            residents, UniverCity residents, alumni and             progress
have surfaced through these           participants from the broader public who have        >> A presentation to SFU's Aboriginal
conversations.                        an interest in SFU Burnaby to participate and           Reconciliation Council to discuss the
                                      provide input in the planning process. To date,         Campus Master Plan and confirm
                                      engagement activities have included:                    opportunities and protocols to engage
                                                                                              with internal and external indigenous
                                         >> A series of over 45 key stakeholder               community members
                                            interviews, including representatives
                                            for SFU faculty, students and staff         Two public open houses and an invited
                                            as well as the UniverCity Residents         implementation workshop will be held in
                                            Association, external government            future phases of the planning process, and the
                                            agencies, and a working group of            Campus Architecture & Design Review Panel
                                            Burnaby community partners                  will convene two more times (once to review
                                         >> A map-based, interactive online survey,     and comment on this draft Interim report, and
                                            targeted at students, faculty, staff, and   once to review and comment on a full draft
                                            alumni                                      of the Campus Master Plan. An engagement
                                         >> A Campus Architecture & Design              event with the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh
                                            Review Panel, who reviews work-in-          Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səlilw̓    ̓ ətaʔɬ),
                                            progress at key points in the process       Musqueam (xwməθkwəy̓əm), and Kwikwetlem
                                         >> The Future of the Campus public             (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) Nations has also been scheduled
                                            speaking event, featuring a keynote         for March 14, 2019.
                                            address from Education Futurist Dr.
                                            John Moravec and a panel discussion
                                            with other thought leaders




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3.2        WHAT WE'VE LEARNED SO FAR

All of the engagement activities undertaken               1. Complete Campus Community
to-date have provided valuable input that
has informed the development of the Guiding
Principles, Physical Directions and Vision
Framework in the following chapters of this               The campus experience is not supporting            The needs of campus communities are                 There is still a lot of value seen in having
Plan. This following summary is a synthesis               community, beyond academic learning.               growing, and the range of people on the             a strong, distinct identity as an academic
and distillation of participants’ input during                                                               mountain is diversifying.                           campus on the mountain.
these activities, focusing on key issues and              Many interview participants noted that the
opportunities that the Campus Master Plan                 campus does not support community, which           Participants commonly spoke about how SFU           The Burnaby campus is seen as the
must respond to. This summary is structured               was echoed through the online survey and           attracts and wants to increasingly attract          ‘mother-ship’ for SFU, and has the feel of a
around the following reoccurring themes and               other activities. Participants noted that there    indigenous, international, and differently          quintessential academic campus. This in itself
topics:                                                   are a lack of spaces that support interaction      abled students, faculty and staff, as well as       can attract students and faculty. For example,
                                                          between students and faculty outside of the        attracting mature students interested in            when asked why they choose SFU Burnaby,
     1. Complete Campus Community                         classroom, and a lack of spaces for art, culture   continued and life-long learning. The types         some students noted that SFU Surrey had the
     2. Engagement: The Campus as a                       and entertainment that could attract students,     of spaces that support communities need to          feel of a ‘high school on top of a building’ – they
        Destination                                       faculty, staff and the broader community           respond to this growing diversity. The campus       chose SFU Burnaby coming out of high school
     3. Campus Setting                                    to enjoy the campus beyond its academic            needs to provide places of identity and safety      because it felt like a real university campus that
     4. Access & Mobility                                 functions. A lack of spaces to support local       for distinct communities, and places to bridge      matched SFU’s strong academic reputation.
     5. The Future of Learning                            communities was also evident in the analysis       and connect these different communities.            Participants noted that the combination of
                                                          of map-based questions from the online             This is particularly important in relation to the   its architectural legacy, natural setting, and
                                                          survey. As a commuter campus, participants         indigenization of campus.                           unified cluster of academic buildings does
                                                          noted that student-oriented support spaces                                                             contribute to a strong academic identity,
                                                          for study, collaborative work, recreation,                                                             reinforcing SFU’s image as a place to receive a
                                                          and for social interaction and fun are critical                                                        high quality post-secondary education.
                                                          to providing reasons to remain on campus
                                                          between and after classes. More generally,
                                                          these types of spaces are critical to supporting
                                                          the other aspects of community that can create
                                                          a rich campus experience, sense of belonging
                                                          and place.



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2. Engagement: The Campus
                                                                                                        as a Destination

Providing a diversity and critical mass of          seeking housing in UniverCity, which raises      SFU has been successful in expanding its            and welcoming destination. Recent funding
housing, along with key support services            potential issues. For example, student support   presence into the region, but is challenged         of the SFU Art Museum presents an exciting
and amenities, is an important part of              services that are important particularly for     to invite the broader community on to the           opportunity in this regard.
achieving a complete community.                     first and second year students are not present   mountain.
                                                    in UniverCity; student lifestyles are not                                                            SFU could explore partnerships with
                                                    necessarily compatible with other UniverCity     The Surrey and Downtown campuses are seen           industry and institutions.
There is still a significant demand for a
                                                    resident lifestyles; and private ownership       as being highly successful at expanding the
number of types of housing on campus. Many
                                                    and rental of UniverCity housing to students     reach and presence of SFU across the region.        UniverCity provides an example of how the
participants spoke about how high housing
                                                    can result in living conditions not tailored     Participants noted that whereas the Burnaby         Burnaby campus has successfully addressed
costs in the Vancouver market can be a shock
                                                    to a strong student experience. Participants     campus is seen as being isolated, these             its isolation from surrounding communities
or hardship, and represent a challenge in
                                                    indicated that new housing at the west end of    campuses seem to be more attractive for SFU         by literally bringing a residential community
relation to attracting the best students, faculty
                                                    campus should be designed to meet the needs      faculties and programs that are interested          and related support services to the mountain.
and staff, particularly from other jurisdictions.
                                                    of an increasingly diverse student body, and     in engaging with institutions, industry, and        Exploring opportunities for other institutions
While phased investment is moving from
                                                    should be collocated with convenient services    broader communities or audiences. For               or industries to locate on the Burnaby campus,
the planning to construction stages for new
                                                    and amenities that support day-to-day life.      example, this has resulted in an exodus of          or at the foot of the gondola where it will meet
student residences at the west end of the
campus, participants pointed to a lack of                                                            arts and cultural academic activities from          the SkyTrain, were both raised as important
recent investment in critical services and                                                           the Burnaby campus, including the relocation        opportunities. These types of partnerships
amenities on the west end of campus. Whereas                                                         of the School of Contemporary Arts to the           and physical relationships could provide
UniverCity has been very successful at                                                               Downtown Campus. This reinforces the issue of       access to talent for industry and institutions,
enhancing community, both through expanding                                                          the institution struggling to attract the broader   and applied experience for SFU students, in
housing on the mountain and attracting much                                                          Burnaby and regional communities to the             addition to expanding the mix of activities and
needed services and amenities, this has                                                              campus for arts, cultural, or athletic events.      communities present on the mountain.
shifted the centre of gravity of campus to the                                                       A number of strategies to make the Burnaby
east. This shift in the centre of gravity was                                                        campus more of a destination for students and
very evident in the results of the online survey.                                                    the broader community alike were discussed,
Unmet demand for housing is also resulting                                                           to better position the campus as an active
in an increasing proportion of students


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Invite broader communities to participate                Capitalize on inherent qualities of the           setting, as well as being an important part of       aligning these with the location of amenities
in academic exploration, facility-sharing,               campus and its natural setting.                   supporting the indigenization of campus and          and services that can welcome and serve both
and programming and events.                                                                                advancing SFU’s sustainability and resilience        visitors and day-to-day users of the campus
                                                         Participants noted that the campus’               objectives.                                          is also critically important. Finally, investing
Consistent with SFU’s mission to be the                  architectural heritage, views, and natural                                                             both in existing and new types of spaces to
leading engaged university, participants                 setting represent important amenities and         Invest in infrastructure and amenities to            support day-to-day community life and a more
spoke to the importance of inviting various              attractions. These could be better leveraged      position the campus as a destination and             vibrant campus was also tied to the notion
communities to participate in academic and               to position the campus as a destination           a ‘home away from home’.                             of the campus as a destination. This was
non-academic activities on the mountain.                 for students, faculty, staff, visitors and the                                                         seen by participants as an important part of
This ranged from opportunities to include                broader community. This has implications in       Participants discussed a variety of types of         meeting the day-to-day needs of commuter
secondary or even primary students in                    terms of improving the campus’ relationship       investments that would help to position the          students and faculty, as well as more broadly
research activities or academic presentations,           and integration with its natural surroundings,    campus as a destination, both for visitors           about supporting programming that can
exploring opportunities to share SFU facilities          protecting and enhancing views, improving         and for students, faculty and staff who today        create vibrancy and activity on campus, which
with regional communities, and hosting arts,             access and wayfinding to existing trails,         choose to minimize the time they spend on            would give both day-to-day campus users and
cultural and athletic events that would bring            and enhancing the trail system to support         campus. The importance of the gondola was            broader communities a reason to participate
the SFU and regional community together.                 pedestrians and/or mountain-biking. The           raised many times, both in terms of enhancing        and engage in community life at SFU.
Investment in appropriate facilities on the              natural areas could also support more             connectivity and access to the mountain, and as
physical campus may be necessary to support              recreational uses such as zip-lines and canopy    a potential tourist attraction and activity in and
these opportunities; for example, the new                walks and cultural uses such as a longhouse,      of itself. 'Gateway' buildings and landscapes, a
stadium will provide opportunities for the               as suggested through the Walk this Path with      welcome centre, and parking geared towards
broader community to enjoy various NCAA                  Us: Report of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation   visitors were raised by some. Investment in
athletic events on the campus.                           Council. More broadly speaking, ensuring that     services and amenities such as restaurants
                                                         the campus embodies indigenous notions of         and a hotel were also raised, which would
                                                         respect for the land was raised as an important   have benefits for students, faculty, staff and
                                                         part of appropriately responding to the natural   guests. Considering key places of arrival and




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3. Campus Setting


The SFU Burnaby 2065 Plan presents                   inspired architecture. The Campus Design          with reverence about the architecture and       extent, formal spaces could be improved
an important opportunity to support                  Review Panel spoke to the potential of using      its significance, many others recommended       with small investments in flexible seating,
the indigenization of Campus, creating               indigenous notions of respect for the land and    tearing everything down and starting fresh,     weather protection/heating, and/or aesthetic
opportunities to introduce new places,               gathering to align with broader aspirations for   though usually in jest. There was a common      improvements like public art to enhance their
                                                     future of the campus, in terms of welcoming       acceptance that for better or worse, the        amenity and make them more welcoming.
icons and ceremonies into the campus.
                                                     an increasingly diverse community to the          Erickson/Massey legacy will always be an        These types of low-capital investments can
                                                     mountain, and advancing sustainability and        important part of the campus. As such,          represent quick wins, and also opportunities
The     presence    of     concrete,      historic
                                                     resilience objectives. More broadly speaking,     many participants that were interested in the   to align with some of the physical aspects of
architectural and central ceremonial spaces
                                                     SFU’s ongoing interest and initiatives related    campus setting and architecture spoke to        supporting the indigenization of campus by
for convocation dominate the campus. As
                                                     to the indigenization of the campus have          achieving a balance between identifying and     overlying new features, functions, and art in
efforts continue to indigenize campus and
                                                     a number of implications on the physical          enhancing the aspects of the legacy that are    key public spaces. Enhancing the amenity of
make it more welcoming to the full diversity of
                                                     campus, and opportunities to support these        working or that have value, and enhancing       SFU’s open spaces was seen as particularly
the campus community, finding opportunities
                                                     efforts must be woven throughout the Campus       and incorporating these into a renewed vision   important to supporting community. In relation
to superimpose new types of places, icons and
                                                     Master Plan.                                      for the campus that is sympathetic to the       to academics, whereas the architectural vision
ceremonies was seen as being important. Some
                                                                                                       legacy but also addresses and responds to its   aims to support a melding of disciplines, the
participants pointed to the recent “Walk this
Path With Us” ARC report, which puts forward         The Erickson/Massey legacy is valued by           limitations.                                    reality is that faculties are still divided but
                                                     some, not all. Many people recognize its                                                          typically do not have a strong or recognizable
a number of physical directions to support the
indigenization of campus – the SFU Burnaby           limitations.                                      There is an ongoing tension between the         address, or support spaces to support their
                                                                                                       architectural vision and the human scale,       respective communities or interdisciplinary
2065 Plan presents an important vehicle to
                                                     Many     participants   acknowledged       the    day-to-day experience of campus.                collaboration. Many academic spaces are
implement these directions. The introduction
                                                     architectural and heritage value of the                                                           long, narrow, and/or have poor access to views
of the welcome pole at the arrival to the campus
                                                     academic quad and ceremonial axis, but cited      Participants noted that while the campus’       and the natural setting; many are effectively
was generally seen as a successful example
                                                     a need for new complementary contemporary         large, central ceremonial spaces work well      underground. A variety of improvements to
of introducing a new icon that recognizes the
                                                     architecture. Limitations were commonly           for convocation and other major/formal          improve and update spaces for learning were
campus’ location on indigenous lands. Interest
                                                     raised relating to long narrow spaces, lack       events, they do not support day-to-day life     commonly raised.
in a new facility to support indigenization
efforts was also commonly raised, which could        of transparency, and in particular, the extent    and are generally not well-used or well-
be designed as a longhouse or indigenously           of concrete. While some participants spoke        loved by students, faculty or staff. To some



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The architectural vision has not been as                 The    campus     must     respond         to    day life, and can also provide opportunities for   to minimize their environmental impacts.
successfully realized beyond the historic                contemporary expectations both            for    more innovative, and less traditional academic     Opportunities to enhance and take better
core.                                                    indoor and outdoor spaces.                       learning, particularly in ways that provide        advantage of the amazing views from the
                                                                                                          for interdisciplinary learning and creating        mountain were also raised, which could be
The Academic Quad, Convocation Mall and                  For interior spaces, a number of participants    opportunities for engagement or showcasing         achieved through controlled maintenance of
the W.A.C. Bennett library are commonly                  expressed an interest in improving access        research.                                          the forest; improved access and treatment
recognized as iconic examples of the Erickson/           to light and views, and offsetting the extent                                                       of rooftops and outdoor spaces; and through
Massey vision that define the heart of the               of concrete on campus with warmer, more          Respond to and utilize the natural setting,        other architectural or interior interventions
academic campus. In contrast, the experience             colourful and more transparent materials.        which has not been fully integrated into           both in existing and new buildings.
of the central spine as an organizational                Issues of deferred maintenance (crumbling        the campus.
element is eroded moving west from                       concrete, leaks), and climate alongside
convocation mall to the transportation centre            Burnaby’s rainy climate exacerbate the           Many participants pointed to the campus’
and west parkade, and the scale of the Sciences          exterior experience of the architecture.         natural setting as an asset. However, it was
Complex is overwhelming and challenging to               Maintenance, weather protection, outdoor         noted that the ring roads currently function as
navigate. In contrast, Saywell and Blusson Hall          heating, colour, lighting and public art could   a clear divide between nature and the campus.
and their courtyard were often raised as more            improve habitability and enjoyment of existing   There are opportunities to better invite or
successful or complementary examples of how              outdoor spaces. Moreover, many participants      integrate natural areas into the campus to the
new development should relate to the historic            pointed to a lack of outdoor spaces to meet      blur these lines. There are also opportunities
core, due to the scale of these buildings, their         day-to-day needs, and pointed to an imperative   for new facilities to expand into and integrate
materiality, and their organization around               to provide functional exterior spaces of all     with natural areas on the opposite side of
a well-designed and appropriately scaled                 scales for day-to-day activities during all      the ring roads, particularly where this would
open space. However, even in this case many              seasons. While there are a number of smaller     support the program of these facilities
participants noted that lack of programming              courtyards and open spaces in addition to the    (e.g. facilities for indigenous ceremony, or
and amenities to invite people to use the                large ceremonial spaces, their design, lack      programming or academic research that is
courtyard still result in a lack of activity and         of programming and location limits there         based in nature). These facilities would need
day-to-day of this space.                                use and enjoyment. New indoor and outdoor        to be sensitively designed to showcase best
                                                         spaces should support community, day-to-         practices in sustainability and innovation


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4. Access & Mobility


The gondola is a high priority for many.            Improve lighting, safety, and the interface         Pedestrian movement across the campus               Improve connectivity and address the
                                                    with existing transit, particularly in              is awkward, and legibility and wayfinding           growing distances that people travel
Most participants pointed to the importance         relation to the student residences.                 are particularly challenging given the              across campus.
of the gondola, raising a number of different                                                           terrain and architecture.
benefits beyond enhanced connectivity to            A few participants spoke to these issues                                                                A few participants noted that with the expansion
transit and improved access to campus. The          from different perspectives. Concerns were          While the east-west central spine works well        of the campus and UniverCity, distances people
gondola would enhance resilience by providing       raised with the poor relationship between the       as a primary organizing element for campus,         are traveling across campus are growing. For
an alternative route on and off the mountain        west campus student residences and transit          secondary circulation to buildings and              example, the walk from the student residences
when roads are not accessible or safe. The          services, both in relation to distances and         facilities that extend to the north and south       at the west end of campus to services on the
gondola would also create opportunities where       the pedestrian experience walking by dark           of this become complicated and challenging          University High Street in UniverCity, or to the
it lands on campus, and where it connects to        unfriendly parking lots. Some participants          to navigate. Participants pointed to changing       Fraser International College in Discovery 1 are
the SkyTrain. This could potentially attract new    raised more general concerns with lighting          grades and stairs, intricate interior corridors     quite long. Introducing a shuttle or improved
services and amenities, cultural facilities (such   and safety across campus. Other participants        with poor visibility to outdoor reference points,   bike infrastructure (bike share, bike parking,
as the recent announcement regarding the Art        noted that bus routing, and the layout and          a lack of clear wayfinding, and a lack of logical   and bike routes) could effectively reduce these
Museum), and even employment and industry           design of pick up and drop off areas for transit    exterior pathways other than the central spine,     distances and enhance mobility throughout
partnerships, all of which could become more        more generally leave significant room for           all of which complicate pedestrian movement.        campus.
viable due to proximity to and ridership from       improvement, and can act as a disincentive
the gondola. The multi-campus university            to taking transit. Well-lit, friendly, safe, and
requires some faculty and staff to travel among     comfortable pedestrian spaces across campus
campuses adding unproductive travel time            are particularly important for students living in
to their days. A gondola connection to transit      the campus residences, as they are more likely
would benefit people who need to be several         to be using transit services and navigating the
places over a day. Some participants also felt      campus after dark. Despite this concern being
that transit trips by bus add uncertainly to the    raised, most online survey respondents noted
trip, as buses sometimes become overfull,           that overall, they experienced the campus as a
resulting in waiting passengers not being able      safe place.
to board, or uncomfortable trips where riders
are required to stand up.

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5. The Future of Learning


Universal accessibility is challenging and               Consider where and how learning can             There is a need for broad, coordinated              need for an overall strategy was raised. Many
should be improved.                                      occur in new types of spaces across             investment in technology infrastructure.            participants spoke to the need for rooms and
                                                         campus, and support discovery and                                                                   facilities to be user-friendly and flexible, with
The topography and changing grades across                the excitement of learning outside of           Technology was a common topic of                    quick and seamless access to technology,
the campus are exacerbated by the use of                                                                 conversation. A few participants spoke about        as opposed to long waits for IT to show up
                                                         traditional academic spaces.
stairs in the architecture, and in relation to                                                           technology in relation to SFU’s mission of          and solve common or reoccurring issues.
poor legibility and wayfinding as noted above.                                                           being the leading engaged university: having        Investment in computer technology was noted
                                                         Participants identified the potential to use
Many participants noted that universal access                                                            the technology to seamlessly connect to the         as a potential draw for research partners to
                                                         all campus spaces as learning spaces. It was
is challenging and should be addressed in a                                                              region and world should be a centrepiece of         the Burnaby campus.
                                                         suggested that the use of common spaces and
coordinated manner across campus.                        interstitial spaces as learning environments,   the future campus. Continued and coordinated
                                                         particularly outside of traditional class       investment in leading technology could position     Changes in pedagogy and a shift towards
Emergency access and evacuation needs                    times, could activate the campus and support    SFU as an anchor, supporting partnerships,          remote learning place an increasing
to be considered, given the single point of              community and transdisciplinary learning.       sharing of facilities, and potentially generating   importance on the quality of the campus.
access to campus.                                        The campus setting itself, including outdoor    fees to support investment, as well as
                                                         spaces, could provide opportunities for         supporting improved connectivity between            Technology is increasingly making it possible
A number of participants flagged that the                engagement and learning, particularly for       SFU’s three campuses. Many also noted that          to engage in distance-based learning, which
campus can only be accessed through a single             visitors to campus.                             today, while there are significant investments      will seemingly continue to grow in popularity.
intersection, which is located in close proximity                                                        in various technologies occurring across            The role of professors is also changing, with
to the Trans-Mountain pipeline and the Kinder                                                            campus, these are being undertaken by a             the focus shifting away from the ‘sage on
Morgan Tank Farm. This was seen as a major                                                               number of different players through a number        the stage’ to acting as more of a facilitator
safety and resiliency concern that should be                                                             of different initiatives. Due to differences        or advisor. This may place a decreased
addressed both through disaster planning                                                                 in financial means and ownership of space           emphasis and demand on facilities like large
efforts and through providing additional routes                                                          among different faculties, investment today         lecture halls, with an increased emphasis
and means to access and exit the campus.                                                                 was described as patchy, unequal, and/or            on collaborative working spaces and more
                                                                                                         uncoordinated at the scale of the campus. The       flexible ‘wired’ classrooms that can continue




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to adapt to changes in pedagogy. For the         Provide flexible spaces to respond to               served by contemporary technology, and are
campus to stay relevant and attract students,    changing pedagogy and support inter                 easy to access, reserve, and share to maximize
faculty, staff, and also leading experts and     disciplinary exploration, knowledge                 their utilization by different communities for
guest speakers, it must offer something that     sharing, and serendipitous encounters.              diverse purposes. These spaces should have
is difficult to achieve remotely. This means                                                         easy access to support areas such as cafés,
not only providing high quality contemporary                                                         kitchen facilities, washrooms, and areas to
                                                 Many participants were generally interested
academic spaces, but also the non-academic                                                           socialize, relax and store belongings. In some
                                                 in providing new types of spaces to keep
spaces that support community, quality of life                                                       cases, they may need to be structured around
                                                 pace with rapid changes in technology
and that position the campus as a destination                                                        specialized technology or equipment such
                                                 and pedagogy, including maker-spaces
– spaces for socialization, relaxation,                                                              as a sound studio, robotics, or 3D printing,
                                                 and collaborative workspaces and studios.
recreation, fun, eating and drinking, and even                                                       for example. These spaces should also be
                                                 Participants noted a growing demand for
accommodation for visitors. This relates back                                                        transparent, and designed to display and share
                                                 new types and clusters of flexible shared
to the themes of Complete Community and                                                              work-in- progress and final results with the
                                                 facilities that support integrated, collaborative
Engagement, placing additional emphasis on                                                           broader community. The Learning Hub in the
                                                 learning. Flexibility is particularly important,
the need to enhance the quality of the campus                                                        Education building is an example of a recent,
                                                 to allow facilities to adapt to future changes
to support community, vibrancy, belonging,                                                           successful space that welcomes both informal
                                                 in pedagogy that may be difficult to anticipate
and sense of place.                                                                                  and group use and incorporates current
                                                 today. These clusters of facilities may become
                                                 the focus of new identity and community             technological needs. These trends align with
                                                 that is tied to a shared interest in finding        Erickson and Massey’s original ideas about
                                                 innovative multi-disciplinary approaches to         breaking down disciplinary boundaries in the
                                                 engage in specific contemporary topics. This        spatial organization of the campus, providing
                                                 presents new design challenges to ensure            an opportunity to continue to celebrate and
                                                 that the academic spaces of the future are          realize this vision in a way that responds to
                                                 not exclusively controlled by a specific faculty,   emerging trends and changing pedagogy.
                                                 but rather are designed for flexibility, are well




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