By Chris Bashaw
Representatives from the LPA, Inc. architecture firm expressed
confidence in the new recreation center’s design at an Associated
Students, Inc. Senate meeting on Thursday.
“One big thing that we’re very proud of is that we’re on budget
and on schedule,” said principal designer Glenn Carels, a Cal Poly
Pomona alumnus who graduated in 1984. “That’s something you don’t
hear a lot of on as many projects.”
According to a September 2010 Polycentric article, the
recreation center’s construction is estimated to cost $58
Carels told the ASI Senate that LPA, Inc. expected to begin
construction in July 2012 and complete in December 2014.
ASI Director of Program Marketing, Barnaby Peake, said the
architects’ presentation to the ASI Senate was the same
presentation shown to the California State University Chancellor’s
Office earlier last week.
Carels said critics at the Chancellor’s Office were satisfied
with the recreation center’s concept and design.
“This is a group of professionals [who] critique projects ” this
is what they do for a living ” and they actually didn’t have
anything bad to say,” he said.
As of this publication, the recreation center’s design has an
energy efficiency rating of 82 percent ” surpassing the
Chancellor’s Office’s expected rating by roughly 15 to 20
Armed with a roof of 500 kilowatt solar panels, the recreation
center would supply 30 percent of its own energy. Extensive use of
windows made from specialized glass would naturally illuminate and
insulate the building.
The architecture firm, which markets its architects and
engineers as “sustainable innovators,” designed the recreation
center to qualify it for a LEED (Leadership in Energy &
Environmental Design) Gold award, meaning that Cal Poly Pomona’s
recreation center would be among the most environmentally
sustainable buildings in the nation.
LEED awards rank platinum, gold, silver and bronze; highest to
lowest. Each rank corresponds to a certain range of points awarded
to usage of certain energy-efficient materials and design
According to a November 2010 CSU Chancellor’s Office document
entitled “The CSU Commitment to Sustainability,” 36 buildings
throughout the CSU system have been LEED certified. Six are gold
and three are silver.
The CSU system’s push toward environmental sustainability was
initiated in 2006 by Executive Order No. 987 by Chancellor Charles
EO-987 pledged to decrease CSU energy consumption by the end of
2010, but results will not be made public until July.
Education Interest Council Senator-at-Large, Alejandro Pinel,
said student reception to the recreation center is still hazy.
“It depends on who you talk to,” said Pinel. “Some are excited
to see things happen, others are neutral because they know they
won’t be around to use [the recreation center], and others who
don’t understand how the budget works may see it as a negative
Even so, Pinel said students’ concerns about specific aspects of
the recreation center’s design were taken into account by the
architects, citing handicap accessibility and gender-neutral
restrooms to include transgender students.
Peake said although the recreation center will be new to Cal
Poly Pomona, the concept is not new to the CSU system as a
“We will be the 15th of 25 [CSU] campuses to have a recreation
center,” he said. “We are not pioneering anything new, but we’re
going to learn from other campuses to offer Cal Poly Pomona
students something great.”
Ben French / The Poly Post
ASI Senate briefed on rec center
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