Ayers Saint Gross helps CPP build Master Plan

By Julian Mitchell

Cal Poly Pomona held a workshop to share the latest updates on the 2018 Master Plan.

This Master Plan is being formed through the efforts of the university and Ayers Saint Gross (ASG), an architectural firm based in Maryland.

Students and faculty in attendance learned what has gone into the planning thus far and what is expected for the future.

“The physical assets have to be in line with the long term plan for the university to succeed,” said Jack Black, an architect with the firm and principal in charge of the portfolio.

The meeting, largely led by project manager Carolyn Krall, covered how ASG gathers valuable information necessary to create improvements to their client’s properties.

The master plan is an outline of the university’s goals for the next five years.

ASG took time to answer attendees’ questions during the event in addition to their previously hosted Q&A session during Fall Conference.

The results found by ASG showed that the main goal in improving the campus is to update the utility and functionality of current workspaces as well improving synergy between departments.

ASG will host at least three more workshops between now and the start of Fall 2018 semester.

Most of the details shared thus far about the plan focused in on space management.

The engineering and science departments held the biggest concerns at the workshop and mainly questioned if and how they will receive more space in conjunction with the master plan.

Alex Staneski, a space analytic expert, patrolled and studied the campus with a team to determine which spaces the campus community most frequently uses.

“Our main goal is to establish the efficiency of the space currently being used,” Staneski said.

After the efficiency and utility of each building was established by ASG, the company then relayed the information to the university to determine whether new spaces would be the best option, or if re-purposing the existing space would be more beneficial, going along with what Provost Sylvia A. Alva has called a “space audit.”

This is the first major revision of the master plan since it was established in 2000.

A new plan was created in 2012, however it was never fully adopted.

The plan takes its form with the help of ASG, but ultimately is overseen by a Cal Poly committee that reports directly to the President’s cabinet.

The master plan itself has been referred to as a “living document” and will most likely undergo continued changes, even after its likely adoption in 2018.

The master plan works in conjunction with CPP’s strategic and academic plans, both of which are made more directly within the university system.

The academic plan has not yet been completed, but focuses on academic goals and strategies and how they should be employed on campus.

The strategic plan looks more into the implementation of campus programs and activities.

In regard to Campus South, Black and Krall made it clear that while this can join the master plan discussion at some point, this would not be for many years due to the complexity of the project.

The ASG team also announced that CPP should be starting a website that will be used for concerns and comments about the master plan, striving to remain transparent throughout the entire process.

ASG stated that the results of their space analysis would be released sometime between January and February of 2018.

Workshop guests review a map of the university grounds

Tom Zasadzinski / Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona

Workshop guests review a map of the university grounds

Aerial view of the University Quad

Tom Zasadzinski / Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona

Aerial view of the University Quad

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