Early spring 2006, SFU entered into an agreement with Australian-based IBT International College to set
up their first Canadian undergraduate college for international students wishing to enter SFU. Locally
named Fraser International College (FIC), the facility was to be open by early September, creating a very
tight design and construction schedule to opening.
The site available was an existing 32,000 GSF 2-storey steel-frame building leased by SFU in a research
park adjacent to their Burnaby Campus. The Lower Floor level of the building is designed for classrooms
and computer labs as well as overflow facilities for SFU undergraduate programs. FIC’s administrative
offices are also located on this level as well as a student lounge and faculty meeting room. With major
renovation work underway, it was decided by SFU Campus Planning & Development to have the design/
construction management team re-plan most of the Upper Floor level for use by four different SFU
Administrative work groups, each requiring individual reception areas, offices, meeting rooms and
technical support but with a common lounge. The ambitious project schedules were achieved.