On schedule to be completed by the end of next summer for the start of the 2014 fall semester, the Studio Art Center will more than double the space for studio arts. Located north of Seaver Theatre and near the Wash, the 36,000-square-foot center will surround a central courtyard and feature studios for painting, drawing, sculpture, digital arts and photography, as well as classrooms, a gallery and cutting-edge facilities for printing, fabrication and digital output.
Excavation for the foundation began in January 2013, with the basement finished three months later. By the end of this year, Hamilton Construction will have completed the steel framework, including laying the beams for the building's curved roof. The construction company also has started installation of the exposed polished concrete flooring and will begin work next year on the exterior walls, which will be 60 percent glass.
Sustainability will be a key feature of the center, with Pomona setting a goal of building to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standards. Using regional materials and Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, and installing photovoltaic panels are among the steps the College is taking to achieve that designation.