Construction continues on the Rose Float Lab as progress is being made to the interior. Electricians installed electrical units in the mezzanine and frames for the kitchen unit are being set up.
The final space will expand across a third of an acre along Kellogg Drive and Eucalyptus Lane. The facilities will feature indoor and outdoor workspaces, including a fully enclosed float construction bay, electronics and hydraulic shops, storage facilities and a courtyard to host more than 100 volunteers.
For many years, students constructed rose floats in an open-air lab, competing against professionals for recognition at the Rose Parade. The 2020 float was the 72nd consecutive entry for the Cal Poly Universities and won the Director Trophy for most outstanding design, the 60th award for the student team that comes together annually to build and design the Rose Parade float.
The university received a $1 million lead gift from Rose Float alumnus Butch Lindley (‘67, Agronomy) and his wife, Vivien, to build the new lab.