Pomona College's newest residence halls, Pomona Hall and Sontag Hall, will be honored at the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2013 Commercial Real Estate Awards, on Feb. 20, which honors the "biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects of 2012."

Pomona and Sontag residence halls, which house approximately 150 students, were certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest level recognized for sustainable building through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria.

Sustainability was part of the consideration for the Business Journal award as well. The nomination also focused on the design's emphasis on incorporating details that "could raise awareness, educate and even assist the occupants in making more informed choices, whether it be utilizing the power outlet wall switch to turn off electronic equipment and reduce phantom loads, taking a shorter shower to conserve water, or opening a window and taking advantage of natural ventilation and fresh outside air rather than relying on air conditioning. 

The buildings' ties to Pomona's architectural heritage "while ushering in a progression in form to realize the College's new sustainable agenda." Among the examples cited were the glazed clerestories and concrete exterior walls with punched openings – familiar sites on campus – that appear in these new buildings along with high-performance insulated glass units above 11-inch thick precast concrete panels with a 3-inch thick Styrofoam insulation core and energy-efficient operable windows.

The project was designed by the award-winning firm Ehrlich Architects. The lead contractor was Hathaway Dinwidde. The project was managed by Bob Robinson, Pomona's associate vice president for Facilities and Campus Services, and project manager Andrea Ramella.

Also receiving recognition recently was Pomona's South Campus Parking Structure, which received the 2012 Sustainability Award from the National Precast Concrete Association. Among the features noted were the design, natural colors, recycled content, and the short distance between the extraction of the raw materials to the plant and from the plant to the jobsite.