Campus Celebrates Parking Structure Groundbreaking, Prepares for Traffic Impact

Campus Celebrates Parking Structure Groundbreaking, Prepares for Traffic Impact
Doug Freer, Charles Holt, Michael Guerin, Adele Vanarsdale and Kris Surber break ground on the area where the new Parking Structure I will be built.
President Michael Ortiz congratulates those involved in the Parking Structure 1 project.
A rendering of the Parking Structure 1 that will be completed by Fall 2006.

Bearing gold hardhats and shovels, university administrators symbolically broke ground on the new Parking Structure on Feb. 8. More than 100 staff, faculty and students attended the official groundbreaking ceremony, kicking off the largest project in Cal Poly Pomona's history.

“Todays event recognizes a pivotal milestone in any capital project,” said Doug Freer, associate vice president for Student Affairs. “This day not only marks the beginning of construction, but more importantly, it is a day to give great thanks to the dedicated project team members and to the hundreds of students, faculty and staff who participated in open workshops and issue-specific consultations.”

The 750,000-square-foot facility is slated to open by Fall 2006. The $37.6 million project will include a six-level, 2,378-space parking structure and permanent Police and Parking Services building.

For safety purposes, the structure will have abundant lighting throughout, the elevators will be entirely glass, all staircases will be located on the outside, and every level will have four “safe-zones” with security cameras, blue-light emergency phones and immediate access out of the structure. In addition, the parking structure will include electronic space counting boards at the entrances to give students instantaneous information on what levels parking is available. Retail space on the ground level facing Voorhis Park is also on the drawing board.

The adjacent new two-story Police and Parking Services building will be located at the corner of Oak and Cyprus lanes and will include service counters, administrative offices, staff conference rooms, holding cells, suspect interview rooms and an ammunition storage room.

“There is little doubt that this structure will transform the way we all recognize this institution, and it will certainly be a landmark for this campus,” said Freer.

During the ceremony, President Michael Ortiz extended his gratitude to Associated Students Inc. and Cal Poly Pomona students for “having the vision and foresight to establish a fee policy that provided for the improvement of the internal transportation system and the funding of this project.”

ASI President Jason Dyogi said the new parking structure serves as “as a classic example and symbol of how students can serve students.”

“May it also serve as a reminder of how much impact student leadership and involvement can have on the lives of students who are here today and, moreover, to future Cal Poly Pomona students,” said Dyogi.

The physical start of construction for the parking structure is slated to begin between Feb. 14-25. While the project will have minimal impact on faculty/staff parking lots, it will have a significant impact on the availability of student parking and traffic congestion in general on the campus.

During the first two weeks of construction, it is recommended everyone arrive earlier than usual to campus in anticipation of additional traffic congestion. Faculty and staff working with students are encouraged to reiterate the following recommendations to help them during the next 18 months of construction:

  • If students arrive between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, they are strongly recommended to arrive 30-45 minutes earlier than usual during the first couple of weeks of construction to find a parking space and allow for anticipated heavy campus traffic.
  • To minimize their time finding a parking space, advise them to head straight to one of the peripheral lots of the campus: parking lots B, E and K. Bronco Express, the campus shuttle system, runs every 10-15 minutes from these locations. A map of the campus can be found at
  • Students interested in some of the best parking spaces on campus should consider taking advantage of the Student Rideshare program. If they arrive at the Parking Information Booth with two or more students in their car, they will be given a pass to park in the closest parking spaces. Students can contact the Rideshare Office at (909) 869-3233 for program information or to help find a rideshare partner.

For more information, contact Parking & Transportation Services at (909) 869-3061.