Simon Fraser University, Arts and Social Sciences Complex (ASSC)

Burnaby, British Columbia

Project Info
Simon Fraser University, Arts and Social Sciences Complex (ASSC)
Burnaby, British Columbia
Completion: 2008
Square Footage: 201,000

Merit Award, 2010
SCUP/AIA Excellence in Architecture

Medal for Design Excellence, 2009
Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia

EARTH Award, 2008
Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA B.C.)

Our design for this two-phase project was guided by Arthur Erickson's 1965 campus design, a plan that integrated the buildings into the landscape and provided spaces that encourage a collegial learning environment.

The new Arts and Social Sciences Complex creates a strong sense of place and sustainable home for several growing departments. Phase I, completed in 2007, provides a home for the Schools of Archaeology, Criminology, Clinical Psychology, First Nations Studies and the Centre for Forensics Research. It houses nearly 81,000 square feet of classrooms, collaborative space, research and teaching labs. Phase 2, completed in 2008, is a 120,000 square foot building with classrooms, offices, social space and teaching and research laboratories for the University's Faculty of Health Sciences. Biological sciences, social science, population and public health science are integrated to foster collaboration interaction among students faculty and departments. Together, the two C-shaped buildings form a large landscaped courtyard with reflecting pool, a central focus for the complex.

Sustainability was a key planning and design consideration. Lighting controls and mechanical systems create a 30% reduction in energy consumption. There is an extensive waste management system, green roof technology and underground cisterns store water for irrigation.

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