Suites Expansion Marks Shift to Residential Campus


Suites Expansion Marks Shift to Residential Campus
A rendering of Phase II of the Residential Suites, which will break ground May 28. To view a larger version of this photograph visit the link at the end of the story.
Phase II of the Residential Suites (yellow) will flank the current site of the Suites (cream). To view a larger version of this photograph visit the link at the end of the story.
Phase I of the Residential Suites began opening its doors for students in 2003 and has since been a wildly popular living location.

More students than ever are clamoring to live on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, with waiting lists for university housing topping 500 students. To meet rising demand for campus residences, the university will soon embark on an extensive $76 million project to expand its award-winning Residential Suites and create a new student life quad where students can gather. The start of construction for Phase II of the Residential Suites and a new era in campus housing will be marked with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 28, at 1 p.m.

Phase II of the Residential Suites will add a complex of three student housing facilities and a commons facility, creating space for 622 beds in popular suite layouts. Each suite includes a living room, kitchenette area, bedrooms, full-size bathrooms, storage space, private patios/balconies, and every room is equipped with high-speed Internet and satellite television.

“By adding these beds, Cal Poly Pomona will have the fifth largest housing program in the entire California State University system,” said Christi Chisler, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “It's clear our students want the full college experience, and residential life is an integral part of that. Phase II of the Residential Suites will bring campus housing to a level we've not seen before. It will meet the demand for a residential culture.”

The project includes a Student Life Quad, which will provide a bustling outdoor environment for students. The space will be at the actual core of extracurricular activity on campus, near the Kellogg Gymnasium, Residential Suites, Bronco Student Center, Bronco Fitness Center, and the Office of Student Life. Its energy and usage will be distinctly different from the University Quad, an academic quad surrounded by classrooms and faculty offices.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, campus leaders and those involved in Phase II of the Residential Suites will provide a preview of the project and its impact on the university's increasingly residential culture. The ceremony includes comments from President Michael Ortiz; Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Freer; Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Christi Chisler; and a representative from the architectural firm Sasaki Associates.

To attend the groundbreaking ceremony, please RSVP by contacting Ngoc Nguyen at (909) 869-3255 or ngocn@cpp.edu.

To view larger versions of the rendering and project site illustration, visit http://dsa.cpp.edu/uhs/suites_phase2_rendering.asp.