June 1, 2016 officially marked the beginning of construction for the long-awaited student union building.
SFU President Andrew Petter, University administrators, SFSS staff and Board members were all in attendance to witness the shovels hitting the ground for the groundbreaking ceremony.
The event took place at the south side of Freedom Square between the Maggie Benston Centre and the Academic Quadrangle, where the 100,000 sq ft. building will be constructed.
Highlights included speeches from Elder Margaret George, SFU President Andrew Petter, and VP University Relations for the SFSS Arr Farah who noted their excitement for the project to move forward.
“The SUB is the answer to years of student concerns over student space and the student experience,” said Farah. Since the student referendum to approve the project in 2012, “it’s been four years, three general meetings, too many people to count, and one incredible result that we have here today. That this project is a reality.”
Pro-Can Construction Group will commence construction this summer; with the first few months dedicated to the excavation of the site, placing the tentative competition date for the building in fall 2018.
The Burnaby campus building will include a community kitchen, gamers lounge, napping room, rehearsal booths and social stage dedicated to SFU students.
Photos from top to bottom: VP Student Services Larissa Chen; Elder Margaret George; SFU President Andrew Petter; VP University Relations Arr Farah; Group photo of SFU administration and SFSS Board of Directors and staff.