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Enhancing Critical Facilities

Studio Art Building

As Pomona renews its commitment to the arts, one of our most pressing needs is for a more appropriate facility to house a dynamic program in Studio Art, now constrained by the size and outdated design of venerable Rembrandt Hall, which has been its home since 1914.

The new Studio Art Building, to be constructed on a site between Seaver Theatre and Bridges Auditorium, represents an integrated vision of the arts and the environment at Pomona, providing students and faculty with up-to-date and inspiring indoor and outdoor spaces for the teaching and making of art while serving as a showplace for sustainable design. This facility will represent a new chapter in the development of the Pomona campus, linking other arts-related facilities on the east side of campus in a unified arts precinct adjacent to the natural spaces of the Wash.

With art studios suitable for the gamut of traditional and modern media—from painting, drawing, sculpture and photography to digital arts and multimedia—this state-of-the art facility will also have the flexibility to adapt to new and evolving forms of art creation. Encompassing an estimated 36,000 square feet of indoor space, in addition to well-integrated outdoor spaces, the structure will also house a gallery, a computer lab, teaching areas, faculty offices and student studios. Designed to be inviting and functional both for serious young artists and for students in other fields who are seeking opportunities to explore their creative abilities and to express themselves, Pomona's new Studio Art Building will serve as a beacon for the arts on campus, reasserting in dramatic fashion the importance of artistic expression in the Pomona experience and drawing students into what will be, for many, a life-shaping encounter with the arts.

In keeping with Pomona's commitment to reducing its environmental impact, this new structure will be designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council, with sustainable features ranging from environmentally friendly construction materials and processes to active and passive means of conserving resources throughout the life of the building.

To make this essential new facility a reality, Campaign Pomona is seeking a total of $10 million in new, targeted gifts. The new Studio Art Building offers supporters of Pomona College and the arts a variety of giving opportunities, including a naming gift of $8 million for the building and naming gifts for internal and external spaces beginning at $100,000.

New International Center and Language Immersion Hall

The construction of the Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations in 1965 represented a profound commitment to international education. Beyond the usual concept of a “language house,” this coeducational residence hall was both a language-immersion residence for students in a range of languages and an international center designed to bring programming from around the world to campus. Today, this innovative facility is home to six language communities, each with a full-time native speaker in residence, as well as a unique dining hall where more than 20 different languages are spoken at different tables each week.

However, the facility that opened so many possibilities 45 years ago has now become a limiting factor. New space is needed to bring all of Pomona's international programs together, from our successful Study Abroad Program to such academic programs as International Relations.

In order to remain a leader in international education, Pomona will need to replace the existing structure with two new buildings that will carry forward the Oldenborg vision into the 21st century. These new facilities, built upon the same site, will both expand and improve upon Oldenborg’s two distinct and vital functions, by housing them in separate but interjoined structures.

The International Centerwill create important synergies by bringing together a variety of offices and academic programs relating to international study. Featuring a larger and more functional international dining facility for the College’s popular language tables and better meeting rooms for such successful programs as the Model U.N., the Oldenborg Film Series and the lecture series of the International Relations Colloquium, the center will also house a range of new programs—such as the Visiting International Scholars Program—and important existing resources, such as the Study Abroad Program and The Pacific Basin Institute, bringing enhanced visibility to international opportunities while better integrating them into the intellectual life of the College.

The Language Immersion Residence Hallwill provide attractive, suite-style rooms and lounges that are flexibly designed to encourage interaction within the various language communities housed there, as well as facilitating the addition of new languages as student demand evolves over time. The facility will also address a weakness in the design of the original Oldenborg, in which public and residential spaces are intermingled. Separate from the International Center but interconnected with it, the new residence hall will be designed to ensure that privacy, community and access to programming are in proper balance.

North Campus Residence Halls

At Pomona College, residence halls are more than places to sleep and study. They are inextricably linked to a dynamic campus life, rich in opportunities for personal growth. It is a testament to the value of living in Pomona's residence halls that about 98 percent of all students now choose to live on campus each year. However, as more students have chosen to live on campus, the capacity of our residences has been stretched. To prevent overcrowding, the College has admitted fewer applicants in recent years, resulting in a decline in the number of students able to benefit from a Pomona College education.

The solution to this problem is already under way: Two residence halls in the northeast corner of the Pomona College campus, scheduled to open in 2011, will add 150 beds, restoring our enrollment to prior levels. Just as importantly, these new buildings will play a role in reinforcing the connections between living and learning that are a defining aspect of a Pomona education.

Designed to balance older students' requirements for independence and privacy with opportunities to be engaged in the larger College community, these new residences will provide a variety of spaces for interaction—from informal gatherings in the common living rooms featured in each suite to the meals shared in the family-style lounges and kitchens. Suites will range from three to six private bedrooms, with the main configuration being groups of four. There also will be three apartments for staff and faculty.

Inspired by the nearby Clark residences, the new halls will feature deep-set windows and a clerestory-style top floor. Architectural elements of terra cotta and copper-covered overhangs will echo neighboring tile roofs and copper details. The award-winning architectural firm of Ehrlich Architects has designed the buildings to meet a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)green-building standard, incorporating both energy-saving and energy- producing features throughout the two structures.

The northernmost of the two buildings will be named Sontag Hall, thanks to a generous gift from Rick and Susan '64 Sontag. Remaining giving opportunities related to these new facilities range from $100,000 to name a residential lounge to $7.5 million to name the southernmost residence hall, which includes a unique rooftop “sustainability garden” of energy-saving technologies, a public lounge for gatherings, and the new Outdoor Education Center.