Project Timeline

  • Groundbreaking – Summer 2017
  • Construction Begins – Fall 2017
  • Construction Expected to End – Summer 2019
  • Expected Opening – 2020

August 1, 2018

PCMA walkthrough July 2018

The final art museum walls have been poured, with structural steel construction scheduled for early August. The College also continued work on accessibility improvements at Bonita Avenue and Second Street, with work expected to be completed by August 10.


July 2, 2018

July Art Museum Update

Construction work began in June on the interior of the main gallery space, along with continuing pours of museum walls and the first layer of concrete for the roofs of the main galleries and entrance. In July, crew members will work on accessibility improvements at the southeast corner of Bonita and College Avenues and the intersection of College Avenue and Second Street. The work includes curb ramp improvements and reconstruction of the southwest corner of the intersection. Traffic control measures will be in place and pedestrian detours posted.


June 1, 2018

June Museum Update

On schedule for completion in 2019, about 70 percent of the museum’s concrete walls have been poured. To meet Los Angeles Flood County Control requirements, crews will work on infrastructure improvements along College Avenue from Monday, June 4, until Tuesday, June 12. The street will be closed to traffic between Bonita Avenue and Fourth Street.


May 1, 2018

May Art Museum Update

More than half the concrete, including 10 of the 17 art museum walls, has been poured. The Second Street entrance and storm drain work have been completed and the sprinkler system installed. Construction workers at the museum site will monitor noise levels during the next two weeks while students are preparing for and taking finals.


April 3, 2018

April Museum Update

On-site work continues on the new Pomona College art museum. In March, construction of the exterior walls that enclose the gallery was completed, and sections of the basement walls were poured. The Claremont Library will close on April 16 for a six-month renovation, which will not affect construction of the art museum.


March 1, 2018

museum building being built

The new Pomona College art museum began to take shape in February, when the first two concrete walls—about 70 percent of the main gallery—were poured, and two gang forms set up for the third and fourth walls. The basement walls also were fortified and waterproofed. The mass excavation and on-site work on utilities, sewer and electricity have been completed, and water and fire services for the museum installed by the Golden State Water Company.


November 13, 2017

In preparation for the construction of the new Pomona College Museum of Art (PCMA), the College will begin installing electrical conduit across Bonita Avenue, between College Avenue and Harvard Place (alley) on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 a.m. The construction will require a full closure of Bonita Avenue in this area on Wednesday, November 15 through Friday, November 17. Traffic control will be implemented to provide vehicle and pedestrian detours around the work area. The sidewalk on the north side of Bonita Avenue will be closed on Wednesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 16. If at all possible, please try to avoid this area.


October 25, 2017

Beginning Thursday, November 2, chain link security and safety fencing will be installed around the construction site for the new Pomona College Museum of Art (PCMA). Fencing will be placed along the west side of College Avenue, the south side of Bonita Avenue, the east side of the library parking lot, and the north side of Second Street. The sidewalk on Bonita Avenue, Second Street, and College Avenue next to the project will be closed for public safety. Signage will be placed for pedestrian detours.

City staff met with Pomona College and contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie to kickoff pre-construction meetings for the project. The meetings were designed to coordinate and outline the expectations of the city with regard to the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (MMRP) and all city requirements for permits and approvals.

Staff from the city, Pomona College, and the contractor will meet weekly or bi-monthly to ensure a coordinated effort continues through all phases of this 18-20-month construction process. The city arborist will ensure that the trees on the job site are protected throughout the process, including the creation of “tree protection zones” with orange fencing where special care and monitoring will occur.