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Construction Update: Work on New Academic Buildings and Road Improvements Pushes Ahead Over Summer Break

This summer, Pomona College is pushing ahead on new academic buildings and road improvements, along with some smaller renovations to promote energy efficiency.

Studio Art Hall

The new Studio Art Hall on the east side of campus is nearing completion. Under its distinctive canopy roof, the 36,000-square-foot structure creates a village of interconnected studios to bring together disciplines ranging from sculpture and painting to digital arts and multimedia.

The building’s open design features lots of glass and natural lighting, a central courtyard, studios and common areas where students can showcase work and socialize. Designed by wHY Architects of Culver City, Calif., the hall is being built to achieve a gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification program.

Concrete work and grading for the building’s central courtyard and other surfaces is underway. New pedestrian lighting has been installed around the border of the building along with curbs and gutters for new driveways. Planting of California native and drought-tolerant landscaping begins in August. 

Millikan Science Hall

Momentum continues on the rebuilding of Millikan Science Hall and the renovation of the connected Andrew Science Hall. Together, they will house mathematics, physics and astronomy. This summer, Matt Construction is erecting the building’s steel frame, with structural steel welding and the installation of metal decks. Segments of the roof have been put in place, and sections of the front exterior have been erected.

Several weeks ago, a portion of the former Seeley G. Mudd library was demolished to make room for an outdoor courtyard alongside Millikan, to be used as a teaching and gathering space. Workers are also in the process of relocating several cooling towers from the Millikan site to a parking area on Seventh Street near the Tranquada Student Services Center.

When finished in August 2015, the state-of-the-art facility at College Avenue and Sixth Street will house a 35-seat planetarium, seven teaching labs, eight classrooms, an 80-seat colloquium room, two student research spaces, eight faculty labs, offices, student lounges and a machine shop. EHDD, a San Francisco architectural firm, worked with a committee of administrators, professors and students to develop the design.

As called for in Pomona’s Green Building Standards, the design and construction aims for a minimum LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Among the building’s green features are: LED lighting and lighting controls; high-performance window glazing; a dual-temperature chilled water system; chilled beam and radiant panels with decoupled ventilation; and storm water capture and treatment on-site.

Bonita Avenue Roadwork

Bonita Avenue was reopened this week after being closed between College Avenue and Columbia Road for road improvements. Over the past month, construction teams installed a new roadway and replaced the street’s curbs and gutters to provide uniform, pedestrian-friendly access. 

Upgrades were also made to the east side of the intersection of Bonita and College Avenue to improve disability access and pedestrian traffic flow. That intersection has been enhanced with colored and stamped concrete at the crosswalk to go with the new paving at Marston Quad and mark the transition from city streets to campus.

Campus Greening Projects

Energy-saving LED fixtures have been added to the upper dance studio of the Pendleton Dance Center to replace incandescent lighting. The center is also being outfitted with a series of skytubes, a type of skylight that brings natural light into interior spaces where windows would be impractical.

Bridges Auditorium and Lyman Hall in Thatcher Music Building received extensive relighting work as well, with incandescent fixtures in both buildings swapped out for new LED lights.

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