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Dining Commons at SFU Burnaby Nears Completion

October 21, 2021

Currently in the advanced stages of construction, the Dining Commons at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Burnaby Mountain campus is nearing completion and is set to open in late 2021.

Located at the heart of the residential precinct, the new dedicated dining facility is a significant expansion to the existing dining hall on campus and will provide students with new experiences for eating, socializing and studying, while offering improved food and beverage options, all within a restaurant-like setting.

With seating for up to 800 students (an increase of approx. 500 seats), the 30,000 sq. ft. dining building addition will have family-style tables and new bistro and bar seating, and will host 14 new culinary stations, a new patio, and a mezzanine level that overlooks the two-story space.

A new atrium space will serve as a connective seam between old and new dining areas, and reinforce and strengthen pedestrian campus connections. The dining commons will also evoke a strong indoor / outdoor relationship, highlighting the campus setting on the forested mountain top.

The project sits on an area just north of the existing dining hall (previously used as a surface parking lot) and will function as a gateway to the student residence precinct; the addition is a vital component of the university’ residence and housing master plan, and will provide an increase in dining amenity capacity to meet the growth in the student residence population.