By Daynie Rivera
Construction of the new Student Services building and parking structure has broken ground and is scheduled for completion as early as fall 2018.
Planning for the building began in 2012 and is set to replace the tower portion of the CLA building, while the classroom and paseo portions will for now remain the same.
At an estimated cost of $82 million, this new, sleek and modern student services building will certainly impress the CPP community.
The CLA building currently houses both the department offices and many of the services available to students.
Third-year fashion retailing student Gabriela Sanchez is looking forward to the completion of the new building due to how difficult navigating through its maze-like halls can be.
“It’s going to make it less time-consuming and much easier for students to figure out where all of the buildings are, it was really difficult for me to find the human resources department once,” said Sanchez.
Proposals for the new building began with the need to create a more user friendly building for students, as well as a safety measure due to the fact that the CLA building sits on an earthquake fault line.
The new Student Services will become Building 121 and will continue to house many of the same services the CLA tower currently provides to staff and students.
The new entrance will include an information kiosk and a roundabout for safe student drop-off and pick-up.
It will be located at parking lot C, the most central location on campus.
Parking lot C has been closed since June 2016 due to construction, but additional parking was allocated to accommodate the overflow.
Although a portion of the parking lot has been designated for the new building, part of it will remain a parking lot for both faculty and student use.
The new 138,000-squarefoot building will be a low-rise, yet holds much more square footage and will house two buildings under one roof.
The two-story building located on the west side will hold several multipurpose rooms on the first floor and customer service offices on the second.
The east building will have three stories dedicated to all student services on the first floor, support staff on the second and the president’s office on the third.
Some of the services offered in this building will include admissions and outreach, the registrar’s office and student accounting and cashiering services.
Senior Project Manager Bruyn Bevans has been working on the project for the last three years and is excited to provide students with a building that is easy to navigate through.
“If you keep the group of departments together under a single roof, it also makes the services offered more efficient,” said Bev
Equally important to the easy access of services is the structure and design of the building.
Unlike other campuses that are built on flat land, Cal Poly Pomona was built on land with many hills and slopes.
The building features a low-rise structure and mimics the look of the campus and the natural hill formation in the roof design.
The designers wanted to create an organic shape that looked unusual and unique compared to what has already been seen in the architectural world.
Additionally, the building materials used will comprise of unpolished, mill finish aluminum.
This type of material was chosen for several benefits such as minimal maintenance, insulation and allows daylight and fresh air to flow directly into the buildings.
Due to its environmental and ergonomic design, everyone will have access to natural light directly from their seats.
“It’s important for us to think of everything since our main goal is to build a LEED-certified gold building which is energy efficient and provides environmental sustainability,” said Bevans.
Although the future of the tower portion of the CLA building and the land it sits on is still relatively unknown, it is certain students and faculty have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year.
Artist rendering of the Student Services Building
The building is scheduled for completion as early as fall 2018
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