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Campus Wins Excellence in Design Awards from City of Claremont

Pomona College has earned two Excellence in Design awards from the City of Claremont. One of the awards recognizes the newly-renovated Pearsons Hall (seen at right), one of the College's oldest buildings. The other award is for the new landscaping around Clark V residence hall.

Regarding the Pearsons renovations, the city's Architectural Commission praised architect Brian R. Bloom for a design that "successfully preserves the architectural integrity of this venerable structure, while incorporating the amenities, safety requirements and accessibility standards of a modern building."

As for Clark V dormitory, the commission noted that courtyard areas were replanted among established trees with forest pansies, mahonia, red fountain grass, and gardenias. Wall sconces, metal espaliers, and a dry streambed feature were introduced to both highlight the building’s strong details and to soften its poured-in-place concrete wall surfaces. "This engaging landscape design blends indoor and outdoor spaces together beautifully," according to the commission.