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FAQ

1. What is the SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan project?

SFU Campus Planning & Development has launched a process to develop an SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan, a comprehensive plan that will provide a new vision and planning framework to guide the physical development of the Burnaby Campus over the next 50 years.

This planning process is a major undertaking and will be a significant milestone in the University’s evolution and growth. The Plan will support SFU’s goals of creating a sustainable, world-class academic and community experience through a more connected and vibrant campus on Burnaby Mountain.

2. What is a campus master plan?

A campus master plan sets the long-term vision, parameters, policies and directions for the physical development of a campus – its buildings, landscapes and public spaces, movement systems and general infrastructure.

These guidelines ensure that new building development and expansion fits within the overall plan and makes best use of limited land resources, fits within the plans for supporting infrastructure, meets the functional needs of the University and respects the campus’s architectural heritage.

3. Why is SFU developing a new campus master plan?

Since SFU’s iconic Burnaby Campus was first built over 50 years ago, it has grown dramatically and now needs a new vision to guide its physical development over the next 50 years.

4. What will the plan consider?

The Plan will consider the growth of the campus, broad patterns of development and opportunities to organize and tie together the campus over time to ensure a magnetic and remarkable setting to support not only SFU’s academic experience, but the overall experience and quality of campus life. Specifically, it will consider:

  • how the campus connects to the communities and neighbourhoods that surround the University, the transportation systems and infrastructure (for example, water and electrical) that serve the campus, how to enhance the landscape and open spaces that distinguish the unique character of the campus, and how new buildings are designed and where they should go
  • how the campus community gets to and travels around the campus, and how to minimize the barriers to accessibility
  • how the community interacts on Burnaby Campus and how to attract and retain outstanding students, faculty and staff by improving the physical campus and its amenities to make it a more magnetic place
  • how to best use and develop the lands and facilities on Burnaby Mountain to meet the needs of a growing campus community
  • how to create spaces that support the actions in SFU’s Walk This Path With Us report

The new SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan will be a ‘living document’ designed to be flexible to meet the needs of future demographics and respond to changing priorities and opportunities as they emerge. It will inform priorities of the Five-Year Capital Plan and form the basis of an update to the SFU Official Community Plan, as required by the City of Burnaby.

5. What does the planning process involve?

Planning started in early 2018 and will follow a six-phase process leading up to the completion of the new SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan, targeted for summer 2019.

Feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as from key stakeholders and partners, will be central to the development of the new Campus Master Plan. Over the next year, there will be opportunities online and in person (i.e. through surveys, open houses, workshops, etc.) to review the planning work and contribute ideas to help shape the evolution of the Burnaby Campus. This project website and SFU’s social media channels will be regularly updated to keep you informed on progress and how to stay involved.

See the planning process section for more information on what’s involved in each phase.

6. Who is leading the SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan process?

The planning process is being managed by SFU Campus Planning & Development and led by Urban Strategies Inc., one of North America’s leading campus planning consultants.

On SFU Burnaby 2065 Survey

1. What does the SFU Burnaby 2065 survey involve?

As part of the planning to develop the new SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan, we’ve launched the SFU Burnaby 2065 Survey, an interactive online survey that asks about your day-to-day experience on Burnaby Campus. Tell us how you use the campus and what could improve.

Using this map-based platform, you can virtually travel around campus, drawing routes and making comments directly on a campus map, noting:

  • how you get to/from campus and move around it
  • where you go
  • what places you enjoy
  • what physical aspects of the campus need to change to improve your experiences

2. How can I participate?

Participation is easy: you can do the survey on your mobile device or laptop, wherever you are.

The survey is expected to take around 15-20 minutes and is open from July 9 – August 3, 2018.

SFU supports employees taking time out of their schedules to participate in the SFU Burnaby 2065 survey.

Everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win an iPad Mini 4.

To take the survey, go to: http://sfuburnaby2065.ca/survey

3. How will my input be used?

The SFU Burnaby 2065 survey will provide invaluable insights and map-based data on how people experience the Burnaby Campus, which will be used by the project team to build its understanding of the key issues and opportunities and to help develop guiding principles for the planning process.

4. What is the next step in the planning process?

Once the SFU Burnaby 2065 survey has closed, the project team will analyze the data and report back to the campus community sometime in Fall 2018 via the project website on the key themes that emerged and how that input will be used to help shape the Plan.

The next phase – Phase 3 – will involve the development of a renewed vision and guiding principles and identify planning and design directions for the SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan that align with the University’s overall mission, strategic direction and academic mandate. The engagement process in this phase will involve targeted engagement through workshops with key stakeholders and thought leaders on a series of key topics.

See the planning process section for more information on what’s involved in each phase.

For more information, comments or questions, please contact:

Josh Kohler, Urban Strategies’ Project Manager:
jkohler@urbanstrategies.com

Elizabeth Starr, SFU’s Campus Planner: 
eastarr@sfu.ca