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Summer Construction Projects Focused on Greening Campus, Improving Infrastructure

New landscaping on Dartmouth, between Harwood Court and Mudd Hall

New landscaping on Dartmouth, between Harwood Court and Mudd Hall

Visit our Flickr set to see photos from our summer construction projects.

This summer, Facilities and Campus Services has several campus improvement projects underway. A large number of them are focused on greening the campus to make it more pedestrian friendly by moving cars to the outer edges of campus and restoring the landscaping to more closely follow the original landscape master plan. (View a photo slideshow of the progress at the bottom of this page.)

Marston Quadrangle Restoration and Renovation Project

In the heart of campus, crews have removed concrete and asphalt along Stover Walk and 4th Street to make lighting improvements and to install underground electrical service, to support Commencement and other events on the Quadrangle, eliminating the majority of cables crossing sidewalks during major events. When complete, the project will include a common system of brick pavers along Stover, Fourth Street and College Way. Stover Walk is expected to be finished by mid-August.

Landscaping around Marston Quad will also be restored to the original plans, primarily through thinning existing plants and adding native plants to the existing landscape palate. No trees or mature shrubs in the existing landscape will be removed. The work will restore the open feel of the Quadrangle as it was originally designed. 

Greening of Dartmouth and Second Street Parking Areas

East of Harwood Court and west of Mudd Hall, this greening project is now complete. Planted primarily with sustainable and native vegetation, the area includes a pergola, bench swings, outdoor tables and chairs and an outdoor kitchen featuring gas barbeques. Supports for a small hammock garden were installed south of Mudd Hall. The fencing around the lawn will come down once the grass is better established.

Bridges Auditorium Parking Lots

The utility infrastructure is currently being upgraded under the north and east parking lots adjacent to Bridges Auditorium. The loading dock will be moved to the east side of the building this summer. Design development work is continuing on the natural landscaping that will replace the asphalt in summer 2013. Once the landscaping is complete, the space will be more fully integrated into the campus, providing a better connection between Marston Quad and the athletic spaces on east campus.

New Grounds and Housekeeping Buildings

Three new buildings totaling 9,000 square feet, on the south side of First Street between Columbia and Amherst, will soon provide permanent office space for both the Grounds and Housekeeping staff, as well as storage space. Grounds has been in temporary trailers on Columbia Avenue since being displaced by the South Campus Parking Facility. Housekeeping offices are located in the basement of Harwood Court. The project is on schedule for completion in mid-July.

Coop Store Expansion

The Coop Store is being renovated and expanded to include the former Smith Campus Center art gallery space. Operated by ASPC, the improved Coop Store will add fresh produce, some grocery items and ready-to-eat sandwiches to its offerings as well as a wider selection of Pomona products. Drywall is up, and painting is in progress. The renovation is on target for completion by the middle of August.

Frary Dining Hall

The dining hall’s interior has been repainted and new lighting has been installed for the Prometheus mural by José Clemente Orozco. Roofing work will be complete by the end of June.

KSPC Antenna and Transmitter Upgrade 

The KSPC antenna, located in the former Seaver Theatre parking area, is being upgraded and relocated to a tower in Padua Hills. The transmitter is being relocated to Mason. According to Station Manager Erica Tyron, the current antenna is one of the oldest in the region, at 50+ years. With the new antenna, mounted at the higher elevation, she anticipates a significant improvement to the station’s broadcast penetration of the licensed area, approximately a 35-mile radius from Claremont, improving the signal reach for areas like Covina, El Monte, San Bernardino and Riverside; diminished interference; and fewer dropouts of the signal.

Campus Wayfinding Project

To improve campus signage and direction for campus visitors, Facilities and Campus Services convened a committee of faculty and staff last year to create design guidelines and select locations for new campus signage. Most of the new signage has already been installed. Large campus directories will be placed at the South Campus Parking Facility and at Stover Walk and College Way.

Projects in the Planning Stages

This summer several major construction projects are also moving forward.

Studio Art Building

Architectural plans were approved by the Claremont Architectural Commission in April for the 36,000-square-foot, two-story building. Designed by wHY Architects, of Culver City, the building features lots of natural lighting, a central courtyard, classrooms, roomy studios, labs and exhibition spaces for sculpture, drawing, photography and digital arts. In preparation for the construction, utility lines in the area are being relocated, and trees are being boxed for moving. Replica House will be moved in August.

This summer, review of construction documents and permitting will be moving forward with construction starting in the fall of 2012, with completion scheduled for spring 2014. For more on the Studio Art Building, visit

Millikan Laboratory

Millikan was constructed in 1958 and was the last of the science buildings slated for renovation. Last spring however, the decision was made that replacement of Millikan was more practical. Over the summer, programming and design work with EHDD Architects continues on the approximately 45,000-square-foot building that houses the Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy Departments. According to a March article in The Student Life, brainstorming ideas from a meeting with students included a “hot tub time machine,” a particle accelerator in the basement and the exclusion of any 90-degree angle from the building. 

Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2013 with completion slated for early 2015. During construction, the departments will be housed in temporary trailers in the Kenyon parking lot, north of First Street.

Seeley G. Mudd Science Building

Built in 1983, the building will undergo a major renovation to become the new home of the Pomona College Museum of Art. The Museum is currently located in the Montgomery Art Center, which was built in 1958. The move to Mudd will provide the Museum with larger gallery spaces and allow it to consolidate its collections, which are scattered throughout campus. This would facilitate increased viewing and academic of the collections. The project is currently in the architect selection phase with construction work slated to begin concurrently with the Millikan project in summer 2013 and completion targeted for early 2015.