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Groundbreaking ceremony for new academic buildings set for Aug. 30.

The groundbreaking ceremony for a pair a new academic buildings is set for Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 9:30 a.m. Located at 6th Street and College Way, The Lincoln and Edmunds buildings will provide state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.

Connected with a second-story walkway, the buildings together will encompass 92,000 square feet when completed in fall 2006. Edmunds will house the departments of Computer Science, Environmental Analysis, Geology and most of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Lincoln will be home to three intercollegiate departments—Asian American Studies, Black Studies and Chicano/a Studies—plus the Neuroscience Program and most of the Psychology Department.

The buildings’ courtyard will create an attractive new northern entry point for the campus. Environmentally-friendly features will include solar panels and heavy use of natural light. The buildings will be designed to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.

Lillian Lincoln Howell, Pomona College Class of 1943, has made a gift of $10 million for the construction of the new buildings. The Lincoln Building honors Lillian Howell's family, including her father John C. Lincoln and her son Lincoln C. Howell. The Edmunds Building honors Charles K. Edmunds, the fifth president of Pomona College.