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SFU energy engineering building a fast-track ‘miracle’

By District Energy posted 08-10-2018 00:00


Jean Sorensen, Journal of Commerce

JEAN SORENSEN — The Bird Construction-built Simon Fraser University SE3P building utilizes concrete slab construction and precast decorative panels to create an eye-catching landmark at Surrey city centre. With the support of the city, it rose out of the ground in record time.


The new $116-million Simon Fraser University (SFU) Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering Program (SE3P) building is distinct for two reasons: it will house Western Canada’s first accredited undergraduate energy engineering program, and it virtually leapt out of the ground to become an eye-catching concrete landmark in the Surrey city centre area.

The 16,000-square-metre LEED Gold concrete structure, which will house 320 undergraduates, 190 graduate students and several hundred teaching staff, was fast-tracked out of the starting blocks and will be complete in just over two years, as the building is set to open later this year.

“It is almost a miracle the speed with which this building was done,” said Ian Abercrombie, the university’s campus director of planning and development.

But it is also a reflection of how fast a motivated team can build.

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