Over the next few years, Cal Poly Pomona’s landscape will evolve considerably with new classrooms, student housing and administrative offices, as well as more parking options. In addition to the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, which is opening in the fall, four major construction projects are on the drafting table.
Student Services Building
A new three-story student services building will replace the tower side of the CLA Building. The new building will house the registrar, cashier’s office, financial aid and other student services offices on the first floor. Administrative and support offices will be on the second and third floors.
“Centralizing student functions into a single building located on the first floor – a one-stop shopping experience for students – will provide ease of access to the services that students need most. That also speaks to why the new building is located at the entrance to the campus in parking lot C,” says Dan Johnson, director of design and construction.
The state Legislature has approved $76.5 million in funding for the 140,000-square-foot building. It will be located on the west side of Parking Lot C. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and be completed by 2018.
Funding has not yet been identified for the teardown of the CLA Tower, nor has a date been set.
Parking Structure 2
In anticipation of the new student services building, which will displace about half of the spaces in Lot C, plans for a new parking structure are in the works. Construction is expected to begin next year and finish at the end of 2016.
The new structure will be located on the south side of campus, most likely in Parking Lot K. It will provide about 2,000 spaces. In comparison, the existing parking structure in the northeast section of campus has 2,400 spaces.
“It is important that Cal Poly Pomona provide sufficient parking for our students, faculty and staff,” says Michael Biagi, director of Parking & Transportation Services. “It is also critical that more of us participate in the Rideshare program so we can reduce our impact on the environment. Financial incentives, reduced stress and decreased wear and tear on your car are all good reasons to share the ride.”
For more information, visit the Rideshare website.
Collins College Expansion
The expansion of The Collins College of Hospitality Management is moving forward with construction beginning this summer.
The $10 million project, which is entirely funded by private donations, will add 12,100 square feet in new classrooms, faculty offices and a student commons area. The project is scheduled to be completed by late 2015.
The building will have three large “flex” spaces, one of which could serve as a space for student gatherings.
The expansion project is made possible by $10 million in private pledges from longtime supporters of the college, including Carol and Jim Collins, for whom the college is named; Panda Restaurant Group founders Peggy and Andrew Cherng; The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; prominent Inland Empire businessman and alumnus Eugene Park; and Richard N. and Mary Alice Frank.
Fundraising efforts are ongoing to fund furniture, equipment and fixtures. For more information, visit the Collins College website.
Construction of new student housing is still in the planning phase, with the location to be determined. A timeline has yet to be established.
The university plans to add 1,600 beds in four buildings, replacing the 1960s residential halls that currently have space for 1,200 students. A new dining facility is also under consideration.
“We are very excited about the new housing proposal,” says Megan Stang, executive director of University Housing Services. While our traditional halls provide an environment that is conducive for freshman with the large community rooms and promote a lot of interaction among our residents, they were constructed so long ago. The needs of today’s and future students are different.”
“We look forward to offering a portfolio that still encourages community building but also has more modern amenities in areas such as technology, sustainability, and designed indoor and outdoor program spaces.”