In the creation of Surrey Central City, BTA decided to integrate the different uses of a 680,000 sq. ft. shopping mall, a new 450,000 sq. ft. campus for Simon Fraser University, and a new 500,000 sq. ft. office building as closely as possible. The firm took the roof off the existing shopping center and placed the university’s classrooms above it-now, above shoppers is the hum of activity of students changing classes every hour. A series of atria were created to organize the various uses. Heavy timber construction—a technique historically associated with British Columbia—was used in a contemporary way to celebrate the technological focus of the university and give distinctive common identity to all the spaces. In addition, BTA created a civic plaza, the first truly urban, civic open space in Surrey. Further uniting the these facilities, they also aligned the plaza with the mall entrance that faces the entrance to SkyTrain, the city's public transportation system. Surrey Central City is a wonderful example of the power of good architecture to transform. The building has changed the trajectory of the city by giving the community a new sense of confidence and pride.