Feds, province invest $90M in Surrey SFU energy tech building

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared in person to announce a $45 million federal investment in a new energy systems engineering building at the SFU Surrey.

'This once-in-a-generation investment is a historic leap to position Canada as a global centre for innovation'

The new energy systems engineering building at SFU Surrey was designed by the late Bing Thom. (SFU)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared in person Tuesday to announce a $45 million federal investment in a new energy systems engineering building at the Simon Fraser University Surrey campus.

The money will be matched by the province and topped up by SFU and private donors.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government's $45M contribution to the new SFU Surrey building. (CBC)

"This once-in-a-generation investment is a historic leap to position Canada as a global centre for innovation," said Trudeau.

Once completed, the new building will be home to the university's new degree programs in energy systems and environmental engineering, he said.

"The new building will also have specialized space and support for graduate students in the mechatronics program who are looking to commercialize their interdisciplinary engineering research," Trudeau added.

According to the press release, mechatronics combines the disciplines of mechanical, electrical and software engineering with business entrepreneurship.

The money will go towards construction of a five-storey, 161,450-square-foot building to house the expansion of SFU's research in the energy, hydrogen, electricity and liquified natural gas sectors.

The new, five-storey building will house the expansion of the SFU's research in the energy, hydrogen, electricity and liquified natural gas sectors (SFU)

The new building was designed by the late Bing Thom and will be located at University Drive and 102 Avenue, across the street from the present campus.

The total budget for the project is $126 million.