Looking for the latest renovation updates at SFU Residence and Housing? Check this page often to read more about impacts and progress. Please note: exact dates are subject to change, and additional updates will be posted as project details and work schedules are confirmed.

Hours of construction

Construction within residences follows the city of Burnaby construction bylaws. Constructions hours will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Burnaby Noise or Abatement, by-law: Number 7332 - page 5: 15.(1)

Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall carry or cause to be carried on any works in connection with the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or demolition of any building, structure, improvement or other thing

  • (a) before 7:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday;
  • (b) before 9:00 a.m. or after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday;
  • (c) at any time on Sunday or any statutory holiday.

Updated webcam images for the Stadium project and the Phase 1 buildings can found here.  

Your safety

Due to various construction activities around the residence area, there are a number of construction zones that will impact pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

  • Please be cautious and aware around these construction zones
  • The Fire Lane is closed to pedestrians and limited to authorized service and emergency vehicles only. 
  • Watch for hazards and obey signage and/or instructions from flag persons
  • Do not enter any closed areas

If you have trouble finding or require assistance to and from Residence, please contact Campus Security at 778-782-7991 to request a Safewalk.

East and West Towers

North Towers PJH, BRH, SBH

Shell House

Hamilton Hall

McTaggart-Cowan Hall




Built in 1986 McTaggart-Cowan Hall is now 36 years old.  Extensive interior renovations were conducted 4-6 years ago to update washrooms, kitchens and the fire suppression system.  The roof was replaced in 2020/21.  The buildings primary enclosure areas (e.g. Windows and walls) have reached the end of their effective service lives and require replacement.  The focus of this project will be on the vertical envelope and supplementary mechanical ventilation of the building.  In addition, the implementation of this envelope renewal strategy will bring about positive impacts towards reducing energy usage, improving user comfort, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as helping maintain a consistent architectural standard across the campus.  During this extended closure of the building, Resident room furniture will be replaced, and flooring will be repaired.

Hours of Work:  Incompliance with Burnaby Noise or Abatement Law (link already exists on the page)

Expected Noise and Disruption:  Residents in buildings near the area will be impacted by noise.  There may be periodic disruption to traffic along Residence Lane and Terry Fox Lane


Charles Chang Innovation Centre


Temporary Construction

Purpose: Creating a designated secure space to temporarily relocate varsity teams during the construction of the Lorne Davies Complex


  • Water and sewer construction: until April 17
  • Ground anchors: April 11 - April 22

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (except holidays).

Impact on Residents:

  • Expect some noise. 
  • Expect traffic delays on Residence lane that may impact deliveries.

Safety and Security:

  • To ensure your safety, residents should watch for caution tape, construction fencing, signage and hazard-marking cones that will be in place to keep people away from areas where work is in progress.
  • It is suggested that you keep your blinds closed for privacy.
  • In order to prevent dust and fumes from entering your room, we recommend that you keep your window closed and latched whenever you are not in your room and whenever work is in progress nearby.