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Enhancing Critical Facilities

Highlights of the new Millikan include:

  • A digital planetarium with a 360 degree view of the night sky, also will allow a biology class to view molecules from all sides or history students to “walk” through an ancient city.
  • An outdoor physics lab where students become part of the experiments, will include a raceway with moving carts, pendulum-style swings and in-ground rotating platforms
  • New physics labs will better accommodate individual research by students and faculty on projects that couldn't’t have been imagined 50 years ago, such as new techniques to measure temperature through photography and the ability to grow nanotubes
  • An observing room will provide for remote operation of Pomona College’s 1-meter telescope at NASA’s JPL Table Mountain facility, and one of the labs will house a field scanning electron microscope.
  • A colloquium, with seating capacity of 80 to 100, will be used for invited speakers, conferences and lectures.

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needs is for a more appropriate facility to house a dynamic program in Studio Art, now constrained by the size and outdated design of venerable Rembrandt Hall, which has been its home since 1914.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.

Opening in Fall 2015: A New Millikan for a New Era in Science and Math

A new Millikan Hall is on its way. Scheduled to open for classes in fall 2015, the building will include up-to-date classrooms and labs in a structure designed to meet some of the most stringent green building standards. With its domed digital planetarium, outdoor physics lab and two-story atrium entrance, the rebuilt Millikan will be one of the College’s most prominent buildings, an inviting space for campus and the wider community.

Need: Built in 1958 as part of the Seaver complex of science buildings, Millikan Laboratory was remarkable for its time, more than doubling the space for physics and mathematics. But, in recent years, it was showing its age. Problems included a cracked foundation, a structure unsuitable to sustainability improvements, and classrooms and labs built for the ’50s—long before advanced optical and laser technologies and nanotechnology became major fields in physics teaching and research. The College weighed whether to renovate or rebuild and found that, renovation and rebuilding thanks largely to energy savings, the additional cost of rebuilding could be recouped in less than five years.

Design: The new 74,868-square-foot, three-story building—part of a project that also includes a renovation of the adjoining Andrew Science Building—was designed by EHDD, an architectural firm from San Francisco, in collaboration with a committee of professors, students and staff. The decorative atom sculpture by Albert Stewart, which graced the front of the old building, will be placed on a second-story window on the front of the new Millikan Hall.

Sustainability:  Millikan also promises to be a groundbreaking science building in terms of sustainability. Significant energy savings will be attained through chilled metal beam technology, which uses water for more efficient heating and cooling; disconnected outside and inside walls to create a thermal barrier; and other green features, such as LED lighting and native landscaping.

Gifts: Gifts to Millikan Hall include a grant of $1,000,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to fund the digital planetarium. Campaign Pomona is seeking an additional $10 million in new, targeted gifts, including naming opportunities for research labs, classrooms, a remote observing room for astronomy and a colloquium, beginning at $125,000.

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.