The College of Business Administration comprises nearly one quarter of the student body at Cal Poly Pomona and had long outgrown its facilities, housing classrooms across campus in different buildings. The new facility for the College consists of three separate buildings designed to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding College. In total, the three buildings add over 75,000 SF of space for the college.
The complex is made up of a cluster of complementary structures, bound together by a dynamic ‘folding’ roof canopy. The concept was driven by the Business School’s desire to have a branded identity related to the physical aesthetic of their new facility. The design originated from an abstraction of the layered, rolling hills directly behind the structure to the north. The materials—copper, wood and painted metal—give warmth to the neutral palette of the other structures and work well with the native landscape and surrounding site.
Faculty and Student Services Building: The largest building of the three holds faculty offices, administrative offices, and meeting/ conference room facilities. Students can enjoy an Einstein’s Bagel eatery with café-style seating area, a small convenience store for supplies, and a dedicated student club space in a three-story structure.
Classroom Building: The classroom building holds modern classrooms in a variety of styles with the latest instructional technology including: five 70-seat, tiered case rooms; seven flat classrooms; two active learning classrooms; and multiple breakout rooms in a two-story structure.
Auditorium Building: The auditorium building houses the 200-seat Gregoire Family Auditorium, as well as a 121-seat auditorium in a single story-structure. These two sizeable rooms provide space for large groups or classes, presentations and distinguished speakers, and is also used by other Colleges on campus.
The building employs a number of sustainable features including: low ‘E’ glazing window systems; a connection for the campus chilled water system; energy efficient lighting systems; a cool roof to reflect sunlight; an efficient HVAC system; water-saving plumbing fixtures; and grey water irrigation system.
This building is certified LEED® Silver.
- 2013 Citation Award for Design Excellence
- AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter
- 2013 Citation Award for Excellence in Design
- AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter