SFU to close Louis Riel House residence, citing structural concerns and air quality

March 12, 2015

Simon Fraser University has announced that it will close Louis Riel House, a student-family residence at its Burnaby Mountain campus, at the end of August. In a news release, SFU cited "ongoing concerns with the structure and indoor air quality" in the residence. According to SFU, there is no risk to residents' health; however, the building's mechanical systems have reached the end of their service life. The announcement has raised some concerns for current residents, many of whom are low-income students with families or mature students and are concerned about finding alternative accommodations in a competitive housing market. Undergraduate student Teresa Dettling, a single mother, said, "Louis Riel House is the only housing on campus I can afford. And without this community on campus, I don't know how to make it work." The closure also highlights the challenge being faced by SFU as it tries to catch up on millions of dollars in deferred maintenance on campus. SFU has been holding town hall meetings with residents to keep them informed about any next steps. SFU News Release | Vancouver Sun