Students give input on new Rec Center

By Mitchell Saltzman

LPA Inc., the architecture firm responsible for designing Cal
Poly Pomona’s future recreation center, visited Cal Poly Pomona on
Thursday to hold presentations and focus groups with students to
get their input regarding the building’s design.

LPA Inc. architects began each session with a presentation that
included conceptual art detailing what the recreation center might
look like when it opens in 2014. After going over various features
they had planned for the rec center, the floor was opened to
students who asked questions and gave their opinions.

“We really wanted students to think that this is their
building,” said Ozzie Tapia, a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus and project
designer on the Cal Poly Pomona Recreation Center.

While there wasn’t much turnout for the first three sessions,
the last session of the day had a gathering of about 15 students
who spent their U-hour learning about the recreation center and
giving their feedback.

“I just wanted to see what goes on with the design process,”
said Eric Catig, a fifth-year civil engineering student.

All around the room, large pieces of paper were taped to the
wall that contained students’ suggestions.

“Entry should be open and inviting. Bright,” read one
suggestion. Another requested there be a hand scanner. One student
even suggested the pool be placed on the roof of the building.

While not all students may not be in support for the
construction of a recreation center at Cal Poly Pomona, the
students at the focus group seemed very enthusiastic about it.

“I’m just glad it’s there. [Now] there’s something to do at Cal
Poly [Pomona]” said Catig. “I was always for the rec center, even
in the earlier campaign, the 2012 one.”

Andrew Reddish, a graduate student and a graduate assistant at
campus recreation at Cal Poly Pomona, has had plenty of experience
with recreation centers at other colleges and was impressed with
what was shown in the presentation.

“I’m really proud to see how it’s coming along right now,” said
Reddish. “I’ve gone to several rec centers in the CSU system, and
I think the pool will be awesome.”

Although news of the recreation center has been known since the
beginning of the fall quarter, the focus groups and presentations
offered by LPA Inc. gave students their first chance to see what
the structure might look like.

From the concept art shown in the presentations, the recreation
center will be three stories tall with administrative offices,
locker rooms, showers and multipurpose rooms on the first floor; a
three-court gymnasium and wellness center on the second floor; as
well as a new Bronco Fitness Center and hanging indoor track that
wraps around the perimeter of the top floor.

There is also a rock wall, which will be the very first thing
students will see when they walk through the main entrance of the
rec center.

Tapia said making the rock wall the first thing that students
see as soon as they walk in will give students a sense of arrival
and excitement as soon as they enter.

Students who missed this recent string of focus groups need not
worry about not getting their voices heard.

Another set of four focus groups will be held on Dec. 2 in Ursa
Minor, from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m., with each session lasting one
hour.

Students give input on new Rec Center

Illustration courtesy of LPA Inc.

Students give input on new Rec Center

Students give input on new Rec Center

Illustration courtesy of LPA Inc.

Students give input on new Rec Center

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