Summer Construction Projects Focused on New Buildings, Office Relocations and Greening the Campus
Constructing the basement of the new Studio Art building
Summer 2013 will be a busy season of construction projects on the Pomona campus, as the Office of Facilities and Campus Services makes progress on new buildings, major office renovations and projects focused on greening the heart of campus.
In May, the City of Claremont Architectural Commission approved the architectural design for the new Millikan Laboratory, home of the Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy Departments. Demolition will begin in late fall 2013 with construction of the new facility beginning in January 2014. Completion is scheduled for August 2015.
Built in 1958, Millikan was believed to be “unsurpassed for undergraduate scientific instruction” when dedicated. While the building was originally slated for a renovation, an analysis of the structural and building system upgrades required to modernize the facility demonstrated that is was more practical to start from scratch.
The new 74,868-square-foot, three-story building will, like its predecessor and neighbors, feature cast-in-place concrete, masonry design elements, textured plaster, a red tile roof and an entrance patio. The southwest corner will be topped by the planetarium’s dome. The decorative atom sculpture by Albert Stewart, that currently adorns the front of the building, will be saved. The project will also feature a garden courtyard and outdoor experimental space.
The state-of-the-art facility will house a 35-seat planetarium, seven teaching labs, eight classrooms, an 80-seat colloquium, two student research spaces, eight faculty labs, offices, student lounges, a machine shop and storage space. EHDD, an architectural firm from San Francisco, worked with a committee of administrators, professors and students on the design.
As called for in Pomona’s Green Buildings Standards, the design and construction aims for a minimum LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Among the project’s green features are: LED lighting and lighting controls, including daylight harvesting; high-performance window glazing; a dual-temperature chilled water system; chilled beam and radiant panels with decoupled ventilation; storm water capture and treatment on site; and native landscaping.
Seeley G. Mudd Building
Because the Millikan project will displace the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy for the next two academic years, Seeley G. Mudd is currently undergoing renovation to temporarily house those departments. The work in Mudd is already underway and will be completed by July 1 with the Departments completing their moves in August.
Work continues on the Studio Art Building on the east side of campus. The vibrant 36,000-square-foot building has a budget of approximately $29 million. The building’s open design will feature lots of glass and natural lighting, a central courtyard, studios and common areas to display work and socialize. The building was designed by wHY Architects, of Culver City, and is being built to achieve at least a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification program.
The foundation and basement work are now complete. This summer the construction firm Hamilton will erect the steel framework. Completion is scheduled for July 2014. The project has a live webcam at www.studioarthall.com.
Bridges Auditorium is also getting some attention. The approximately $500,000 renovation includes upgrading lighting systems, the electrical system, stage functionality and passageway lighting. The heating system will be upgraded with two new boilers. In the public areas, lighting in the lobby will be improved, doors re-upholstered, furnishing repaired and areas painted.
The Rogers Tennis Complex will undergo a “facelift" that will include new fencing/wind screens, upgraded seating and general repairs and maintenance. In addition, the South Campus parking structure field will have lighting installed this summer to provide greater opportunities for student athletic activities.
From summer through fall 2013, several offices will be relocated to upgraded spaces to better serve student needs.
The Career Development Office moved into their new Alexander Hall offices earlier this week. The space, located on the building’s east side and previously home to the Pomona Business Office, will consolidate multiple offices in approximately 4,000 square feet after an extensive remodel. The new CDO space features wood detail, natural lighting, comfortable seating areas, offices and interview rooms. The main entrance is on the east side from the new patio.
In August, the Writing Center will move to the former CDO space in the Smith Campus Center, providing it with a more prominent location on campus.
The Draper Center for Community Partnerships is scheduled to move in September to 735 Dartmouth following a major remodel of the 2,800-square-foot house. The new space will provide a consolidation of the Center’s physical office spaces and improved meeting space. The project is currently in the design permitting process with the City.
The Quantitative Skills Center will move into the Draper Center’s former space on the second floor of the Smith Campus center during the fall semester.
Campus Greening Projects
Several greening projects will come together around Bridges Auditorium this summer dramatically expanding green space in the center of campus. On the north side of Bridges Auditorium, a former parking lot is being transformed with an outdoor event space and enhanced by a native landscaping palette featuring oaks and palm trees saved from other campus locations. East of Bridges, a second parking lot was removed will soon feature a redesigned Sophomore Walk in a more park-like setting with picnic tables and BBQ’s. The permeable concrete in this area will enhance recharging of local groundwater supplies.
Phase II of the Marston Quadrangle project began in May and will continue through mid-August. Following the removal of asphalt on Fourth Street, pavers matching Stover Walk will be installed. The new configuration will serve as a pedestrian walkway and a managed roadway for the programs at Bridges Hall of Music and Thatcher Hall. On College Way, in front of Bridges Auditorium, the hardscape will be replaced with pavers complementing those to the south and north to symmetrically frame Marston Quadrangle. In addition, the grade at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and College Way will be significantly reduced to improve pedestrian access.
During this project, vehicle access to Fourth Street between College Ave and College Way will not be available. Pedestrian access to Bridges Hall of Music, Thatcher Hall and Bridges Auditorium will be maintained throughout the project. However, access points and temporary walkways may shift from time to time.
- Pomona Presents Master Plan, The Student Life, Feb. 22, 2013
- Pomona College Plans Vibrant New Center for Studio Art, Aug. 25, 2011
- Millikan Renovation Plans Underway, Nov. 9, 2011
- Sustainability at Pomona College
- Pomona College campus map [pdf]