SFU Shrum Chemistry Renew
The Shrum Chemistry Renew represents one of the first opportunities to renovate a campus building dating from Simon Fraser University’s inception in the late 1960s. In the decades that have passed, piecemeal renovations and upgrades have watered down the original underlying design and organizational principles. Working with SFU, Henriquez Partners Architects reidentified these core principles in order to establish criteria for the design of the Chemistry Building Renew and all future Shrum Science complex renovations.
Henriquez Partners and X-nth conducted a series of programming interviews with representatives of SFU to establish the program requirements for the Shrum Science Centre Chemistry Renovation project. During our interviews we discussed the vision of the Chemistry department, functionality of the facility, and the future sciences that could be conducted to provide optimum space requirements for each department. In order to develop an accurate space program we concentrated on present and future science requirements to forecast the required space. The deficient exterior envelope of the building was replaced with glass and zinc panelling and new architectural concrete. Henriquez Partners has ensured that with the $35 million upgrade, SFU’s Shrum Chemistry Centre receives structural, cosmetic, and functional renewal while establishing the criteria for future upgrades and expansion.
Status: Completed in 2011
Size: 100,000 square feet