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.