One of Pomona’s deepest commitments is providing faculty and students with the up-to-date facilities they need to further the liberal arts experience and inspire creativity and interaction. These include:

  • Millikan Hall (completed Fall 2015)
  • Studio Art Building (completed Fall 2014)
  • North Campus Residence Halls (completed in 2011)

A New Era for Science and Math

Pomona College's newest building, Millikan Hall

Millikan Laboratory, 2015

The update of Millikan Hall brings state-of-the-art classrooms and labs together under one environmentally sustainable roof. Redesigned with some of the most stringent green standards available, the new hall features a domed digital planetarium, outdoor physics lab, and a two-story atrium.

Originally constructed in 1958 as part of the Seaver complex of science buildings, Millikan Laboratory was remarkable for its time. More than 50 years later, however, it was showing its age; problems included a cracked foundation, a structure unsuitable to sustainability improvements, and classrooms and labs built for the ’50s—long before advanced optical and laser technologies and nanotechnology became major fields in physics teaching and research.

The 74,868-square-foot, three-story building – part of a project that also included a renovation of the adjoining Andrew Science Building – promises to be a groundbreaking science building in terms of sustainability. Significant energy savings will be attained through chilled metal beam technology, which uses water for more efficient heating and cooling; disconnected outside and inside walls to create a thermal barrier; and other green features, such as LED lighting and native landscaping.

Gifts to Millikan Hall include a grant of $1,000,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to fund the digital planetarium.

Studio Art

Studio Art Hall, 2014

Studio Art Hall, 2014

Representing an integrated vision of the arts and the environment at Pomona, the Studio Art Hall begins a new chapter in campus development, providing students and faculty with up-to-date and inspiring indoor and outdoor spaces for the teaching and making of art while serving as a showplace for sustainable design.

The Studio Arts Hall encompassing 36,000 square feet of indoor space houses a gallery, a computer lab, teaching areas, faculty offices and student studios. Designed to be inviting and functional both for serious young artists and for students in other fields seeking opportunities to explore their creative abilities and to express themselves, this addition to the Pomona community serves as a beacon for the arts on campus.

A Truly Residential Experience

2011 saw the opening of Sontag and Pomona Halls in the northeast corner of campus. Built to LEED Platinum standards, the two residence halls accommodate 150 students.

Designed to balance older students' requirements for independence and privacy with opportunities to be engaged in the larger College community, these new residences provide a variety of spaces for interaction—from informal gatherings in the common living rooms featured in each suite to the meals shared in the family-style lounges and kitchens. Suites range from three to six private bedrooms, with the main configuration being groups of four. There are also three apartments for staff and faculty.

Pomona and Sontag Residence Halls, 2011

Pomona (pictured) and Sontag Residence Halls, 2011

The northernmost of the two buildings was named Sontag Hall thanks in part to a generous gift from Rick and Susan Sontag ‘64.