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

SFU Campus Planning & Development launched a process to develop an SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan in early 2018, completed in early 2020. The result is a comprehensive plan that provides a new vision and planning framework to guide the physical development of the Burnaby Campus over the next 50 years.

The planning process was a major undertaking, and the resulting Campus Master Plan marks a significant milestone in the University’s evolution and growth. The Plan will continue to 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 did SFU develop 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 did the planning process consider?

The planning process considered 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, the planning process considered:

  • 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

While the new SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan is now complete, it 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 may form the basis of an update to the SFU Official Community Plan, if required by the City of Burnaby.

5. What did the planning process involve?

Planning started in early 2018 and followed a six-phase process leading up to the completion of the new SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan in early 2020.

Consultation events were held in every phase of the project, and feedback from students, faculty and staff, as well as from key stakeholders and partners, was central to the development of the new Campus Master Plan.

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

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

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

The SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan has now been adopted by SFU’s Board of Governors, marking the first step in implementation.

SFU’s VPs and other key executives will now be working with SFU Campus Planning and Development to integrate the Campus Master Plan into all of the University’s planning and development processes