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Pomona College Dedicates New Academic Buildings Built to U.S. Green Building Standards

Pomona College's newest academic buildings, the adjacent Lincoln and Edmunds buildings located on Sixth Street and College Way in Claremont, will be dedicated on March 2. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., with Pomona College President David W. Oxtoby presiding and Northwestern University Psychology Professor William Revelle, Pomona College Class of 1965, serving as the guest speaker. Departmental open houses will follow from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Lincoln and Edmunds buildings, which span a combined 92,000 square feet at the northern end of campus, are Pomona’s second and third buildings designed and built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for silver certification. Their green-friendly features range from a photovoltaic system, to waterless urinals and efficient irrigation for landscaping. Construction involved the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and halon refrigerants and the use of recycled materials and rapidly renewable materials, such as the bamboo flooring used in parts of the buildings.

 

Home to departments such as Geology and Psychology, the new Lincoln and Edmunds (pictured) buildings will be dedicated March 2.

 

The two new buildings, which cost $40 million, provide innovative research space and teaching facilities for several department and programs. Connected by a second-story walkway, the new buildings are designed to create stronger ties between academic disciplines. The departments of Psychology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science occupy space in both buildings. Edmunds also houses the departments of Computer Science and Geology as well as the Environmental Analysis Program. Lincoln is home to Neuroscience and three intercollegiate departments—Asian American Studies, Black Studies and Chicano/a Studies.

The clustering of disciplines related to the science of the mind—such as computer science, psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science—is intended to create synergies and facilitate collaboration. Departments also will benefit from new equipment and technologies and from lounge spaces designed to foster a sense of community among students.

The Lincoln and Edmunds buildings were made possible through a $10 million gift from Lillian Lincoln Howell ’43 of Hillsborough, Calif. The donation is the largest single gift from a living donor ever received by the College. The naming of the Lincoln Building honors Howell’s family, including her father, John C. Lincoln, who founded the Lincoln Electric Company of Cleveland, Ohio, and her son, Lincoln C. Howell. The Edmunds Building is named in honor of Charles K. Edmunds, the fifth president of Pomona College, to whom Howell has said she owes a special debt of gratitude for his support during her first years at Pomona.

While an undergraduate at Pomona from 1939 to 1943, Howell studied science and philosophy and enrolled in a variety of courses, including psychology. She also wrote poetry. “Over the years,” she noted when the gift to the College was announced in 2005, “new fields of study have emerged, including neuroscience and cognitive science, that are of immense interest to me. With the new buildings, all programs at Pomona involving the science of the mind will be located together. It will be very exciting.”

The buildings’ Draper Courtyard, still under construction, will be home to a “skyspace” and landscape setting designed by internationally renowned artist James Turrell, who works in the perceptual effects of light and space and is a 1965 graduate of Pomona. His skyspaces -- meditative chambers open to the sky -- are precisely designed architectural installations intended to heighten the viewer’s awareness of perceptual boundaries and the interplay of light and sky. The Pomona College skyspace, to be completed in October 2007, will be open to the public during scheduled hours. Further information on visitation will be available in September.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, offers its students a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research opportunities. Pomona College is also known as one of the small handful of colleges that meets the full financial need of each one of its accepted students.