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August 27, 2014
It was ten years ago this fall that UniverCity’s first residents moved into our award winning community on Burnaby Mountain. Since then, UniverCity has evolved into a complete community embracing over 3,500 inhabitants, and maturing to include dining and retail merchants, numerous shops and amenities, as well as the University Highlands Elementary School and the UniverCity Childcare Centre – the greenest child care centre on the planet.
In honour of our 10-year milestone, UniverCity is preparing for a week of anniversary festivities in September and we hope you’ll participate. Whether it’s joining us for the pancake breakfast, catching an outdoor movie, or bringing the kids out to the block party – anniversary week has something for everyone.
The planning of the block party and other festivities is still in the works so be sure to follow us on social media and visit this webpage to keep current on all the celebration programming.
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS
Be sure to mark your calendars for our week-long celebration. Here are some event highlights to note:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH
Pancake Breakfast and Community Photo
9:00am – 10:30am
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
UniverCity Busker and The Market
11:30am – 2:30pm
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
Wine and Beer Tasting Event
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Club Ilia (8902 University High Street, Burnaby BC)
Join local up and coming sommelier John Gerum as you sip and savour wine and beer at this free event. Registration is recommended. Don’t forget to check out the UniverCity 10 Year Anniversary cocktail!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
Outdoor Movie Night hosted by The Point Church – Rio 2
Sunset (approximately 8:00pm)
Grass Field across from Strand Hall Building and west of the Town Square
Grab a blanket and get to the Grass Field early for a good spot in front of the giant screen to watch Rio 2.
Take the opportunity to enjoy a popular family film in a natural setting under the twinkling canopy of the stars. Get to know your neighbours in the community, share a few laughs, and maybe pick up something delicious to eat from the great variety of High Street merchants on your way there.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
UniverCity Community Block Party
10:00am – 3:00pm
Town Square, University High Street, Sales Centres and surrounding areas
Includes performances by UniverCity buskers, Treehouse’s Bobs n’ Lolo, food trucks, inflatable climbing wall, face painting, photo booth sponsored by Scotiabank, free BBQ sponsored by Nesters Market, the market, bouncy castles, celebration cake, free parking and more!
Free parking in Lot B is provided by SFU during the Block Party. Please print the Block Party parking pass and display in your vehicle.
Want to get involved?
If you would like to become involved in the UniverCity Community Block Party by sponsoring an activity please contact Info@UniverCity.ca.
We hope to see you there!
July 11, 2014
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June 25, 2014
It’s back! Want to win tickets to the 2014 Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival? Now you can by participating in UniverCity’s I SPY contest!
Search for two UniverCity stickers hidden within the UniverCity and SFU communities (one sticker at each location). Keep a lookout as stickers could be anywhere from inside buildings at SFU or the site of UniverCity’s first public art piece.
Once you have found both stickers, claim your tickets at the Trust office (#150-8960 University High Street) during office hours (Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm). Contest begins on July 10th until 31st, 2014.
Visit the Trust office or follow us on Facebook (UnivercitySFU), Twitter (@UniverCity_SFU), this webpage for clues on the sticker whereabouts. A total of 8 (4 pairs) tickets are up for grabs. Participants are eligible to win a maximum of one pair (2) tickets. Weekly clues will be revealed on Thursday July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st at 12:00pm.
Good luck and happy searching through all the nooks and crannies of our beautiful community!
And we have a winner! Congratulations Carolyn Hanna for finding the two UniverCity stickers at the City of Burnaby Hawk ecosculpture and SFU Three Trees.
DID YOU KNOW?
Burnaby has many horticultural treasures throughout the city throughout the spring and summer months. The eco-sculptures are works of art created from nature, carrying with it environmental messages. For a list of all the City of Burnaby’s Eco-Sculptures, click here: http://www.burnaby.ca/Assets/things+to+do/explore+outdoors/ecosculptures/Parks+-+Eco-Sculpture+Map+Location.pdf
The three trees by the Simon Fraser University AQ Pond represents SFU’s trimester system.
Congratulations to this week’s winner Anita Mahoney for finding the two UniverCity stickers at the Yellow Fence public art and SFU’s Oval Reflection sculpture.
DID YOU KNOW?
Yellow Fence by Erica Stocking at THE HUB is part of UniverCity’s Public Art program. Public art is integral to the fabric of the community life on Burnaby Mountain. Funded through development, UniverCity’s Public Art Program encourages a dialogue between artists and the public about the definitions of community.
Two new Public Art pieces – Eco So Mo and Near as Far as Far as Near will be unveiled as part of UniverCity’s 10 Year Anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, September 16th. Save the Date!
For more information on the UniverCity Public Art Program, please visit: http://univercity.ca/community/amenities/arts-culture/
That was quick! And just like that we have a Round 1 winner. Congratulations Laura Brenton for finding the two I SPY stickers this week at the Nesters Market fish department and Sustainable SFU Learning Gardens! See you next Thursday for Round 2!
Sustainable SFU offers a local food harvest box available at Burnaby Mountain. UniverCity community members can subscribe to a weekly delivery of seasonal vegetables from a new cooperative of Metro Vancouver farmers. For more information on the FarmCity Co-Op CSA Box program, please visit: http://sustainablesfu.org/actionareas/food/sfu-harvest-box/csa-box/
May 21, 2014
For Immediate Release
Burnaby, BC. — Generation Green: The Making of the UniverCity Childcare Centre, a new book from the Living Future Institute’s publishing division, is being released today, to celebrate what is expected to be the first building in Canada to be certified as a Living Building.
Generation Green showcases a brilliant pairing of innovative design and deep green construction. The first Canadian entry in Ecotone Publishing’s Living Building Challenge series, the 168-page, lavishly illustrated book documents how the UniverCity community leadership proved that you can meet the highest environmental building standards on the continent and do so for less than it would cost to build a conventional childcare.
“We’re delighted at the prospect of the UniverCity Childcare Centre being recognized as Canada’s first Living Building—a building that has been heralded as the greenest childcare centre on the planet,” said SFU Community Trust President and CEO Gordon Harris. “This book chronicles our journey and exemplifies our passion for creating a model sustainable community that brings international acclaim to Simon Fraser University and to the City of Burnaby.”
Green Challenge author Michael Berrisford said: “I think readers will find the making of this childcare faciility a riveting tale. As one of the first wave of projects to take on the Living Building Challenge™, it began its life, at least on paper, at the top floor of a six-story parking garage. Lucky for all involved with the project, it evolved for the better – morally and monetarily – from there.”
The Living Building Challenge book series features real examples to guide readers through the most rigorous of green building standards – to share stakeholder knowledge for the next generation of projects. Each book offers an intimate look at a successful Living Building design and is complimented by full-color photography and architectural imagery.
The greenest childcare centre in the world is here. The UniverCity Childcare Centre is the most recent success in the model sustainable community of UniverCity, a living, growing test site for the innovative urban planning concepts and building designs necessary for an ecologically and economically sustainable future.
Embracing the Living Building Challenge, the most stringent sustainable-building standard in the world, the UniverCity Childcare Centre represents the pinnacle of integrated design and building performance, demonstrating that our most precious citizens can enjoy (and afford) an environment that is healthy, beautiful and supportive of their needs.
Generation Green tells the extraordinary story of how the SFU Community Trust along with a talented team of deep green design professionals and a dedicated group of educators collectively elevated the bar for ecological design and early childhood education. The result is a net-zero water and net-zero energy building constructed of healthy materials sourced from within 500 kilometres. It was also delivered at a cost 18% below conventional childcare centres being built in the region at the same time. Generation Green is part of the first wave of groundbreaking publications in the Living Building Challenge Series documenting the path to a sustainable future.
UniverCity is an award-winning sustainable community adjacent to Simon Fraser University on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, BC – a modern urban neighbourhood, nestled in a wild, protected forest. The development authority, the SFU Community Trust, is committed to creating a model of sustainable design and practice, while also generating endowment wealth to support teaching and research at SFU. A compact, complete, transit-oriented community, UniverCity is currently home to 3,500 residents, and has a potential population at buildout of 10,000.
About Ecotone Publishing:
Ecotone Publishing is a division of the International Living Future Institute and is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for authoritative and accessible books on sustainable design, materials selection and building techniques in North America and beyond. Located in the Cascadia region, Ecotone is well positioned to document the greatest successes of the Pacific Northwest’s green design movement. Instilled with the same pioneering spirit that inspired the Institute, Ecotone searches out exemplary projects, people and trends that can lead the design industry to transformational change toward a healthier planet.
April 16, 2014
In the early 1970s the Canadian government funded a project to redevelop a key portion of Vancouver’s industrial waterfront. The radical designs of DIALOG architects Norm Hotson and Joost Bakker, who are also the master architects of UniverCity on Burnaby Mountain challenged all convention and in doing so helped create one of the most influential places and beloved mixed-use neighbourhoods in Canada. Granville Island Market opened to the public in 1979, completing its transformation from a long-time industrial site. It is now one of the most visited places in Canada with approximately 12 million visitors per year and is recognized as one of the top public places in the world by the Project for Public Spaces.
The following video highlights a number of projects that Norm Hotson and Joost Bakker were responsible for as design architects including the CBC building in Vancouver, the Olympic Village and UniverCity.
April 11, 2014
Thank you for all those who attended the SFU Community Trust public open house to review preliminary plans for a second neighbourhood park in the Slopes Neighbourhood. For those who were unable to attend the open house, feel free to stop by the Trust office (#150-8960 University High Street) during our office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm) to view the plans and drawings