Published February 10, 2017
University Prepares to Embark on New Freshman Housing Project
Living on campus is soon going to look very different for freshmen, with Cal Poly Pomona preparing to break ground on a residential community featuring eight-story residence halls, a dining commons, a community garden and common areas for socializing.
The project, which is a replacement for the aging residence halls and the Los Olivos dining facility, is expected to be complete in fall 2019 and will substantially remake the southern end of the core campus. Two new halls, which in their first phase include 980 beds, will be among the tallest buildings at the university. A new dining hall will have a marketplace-type vibe and will accommodate 600 diners at a time. The site will also include a sand volleyball court and a parking lot.
To accommodate the project, Kellogg Drive will be shifted eastward, allowing residents of the new community to walk to the Bronco Commons, the BRIC, the new Student Services Building (coming in fall 2018) and most of the academic buildings without crossing a major street. The new housing will blend seamlessly with the existing Residential Suites to create a cohesive housing district on campus.
The realignment of Kellogg Drive eastward will add about 16 acres of buildable land, and about half will be used for Phase I and a temporary parking lot of 400 spaces. The remaining 8 acres will be open space and set aside for possible construction projects in the future.
Approval of the $185-million project came at a meeting of the Cal State University Board of Trustees on Feb. 1. Funding for the project will come from several sources that include the sale of bonds, university housing and parking reserve funds, and contributions from the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.
Living on Campus has Benefits
Studies show that students who live on campus perform better academically and drop out of school at significantly lower rates than peers who live off-campus. They also find greater opportunities to grow socially and culturally and develop leadership skills.
“We recognize that today’s students are looking for experiences that complement their academic journey when they attend college. They’re here to learn, build friendships and have experiences that will benefit them throughout their lives,” says Chris Chisler, associate vice president for student affairs. “The new residence halls are an investment in the future of our students and the university.”
Since the 2000s, Cal Poly Pomona has made on-campus housing a priority. The university built the Residential Suites, which added 1,000 more beds to campus, and has modernized existing facilities.
The new halls are part of a two-phase plan intended to replace the aging residence halls along University Drive, which were built in the ‘50s, ’60s and ’70s, and need about $30 million in deferred maintenance. When both phases of the new freshmen community are complete, they will increase the university’s freshman housing capacity by over 200 beds, from 1,400 to 1,650, helping ease the demand for on-campus housing, which has been waitlisted in recent years.
Throughout the process of planning the new housing community, the university has worked closely with the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture, the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, and outside experts to ensure the needs of both the program and the horses would continue to be met. The expert hired by the university recommended several improvements that would enhance the nutritional quality of the pastures, including a new, more efficient irrigation system and upgraded fencing, as well as shade structures for the horses themselves. To minimize the impact the project will have on the size of the pastures, eight acres of land currently used for grazing cattle will be allocated for use by the Arabian Horse Center.
With the final approval of the project by the Cal State University Board of Trustees on Feb. 1, the university will begin moving quickly so the first phase (the dining hall and two residence halls with 980 beds) can open by August 2019.
- March 2017: The first step of re-fencing the pastures to make way for the Kellogg Drive realignment expected to begin. The pastures will need to be plowed, re-seeded and watered.
- Spring 2017 – January 2018: Construction on the realigned Kellogg Drive and site preparation for the new halls and dining commons begins.
- Fall 2017: Construction begins on Phase I of the residence halls and dining facility
- August 2019: Phase I opens to residents
- 2022: Phase II opens to residents
Details about the new housing are available online at www.cpp.edu/futurehousing/.
Information on the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center can be found at www.wkkelloggarabianhorsecenter.com/.
Published August 17, 2015
New Housing will Enhance and Energize Campus Life at Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona is moving forward with plans for new student housing, which will improve campus life for future generations of students. The new residence halls, with the first phase proposed to open in fall 2019, will merge with the Residential Suites and create a larger housing community.
The site will be located at the southeast corner of Kellogg Drive and Eucalyptus Lane, part of which is the horse pasture. The decision comes after years of studying multiple options, and balances student housing needs with the well-being of the Arabian horse herd.
“The new freshman community will energize and add vibrancy to Cal Poly Pomona. As our students prepare to be the future leaders and innovators of California, they should have a rich and engaging campus experience,” says University President Soraya M. Coley. “In planning for the university’s next 75 years, we are taking great care in developing the environments in which students live and learn. Learning can take place anywhere on campus, and on-campus housing is one of the most important settings for students to grow.”
Benefits of On-Campus Housing
The proposed residential halls will create a comprehensive community that includes housing, dining and recreation – all with close access to academic and administration buildings. They’ll be minutes away from the University Library and the new Student Services Building (slated to open in 2018), as well as University Park and Bronco Commons, which are popular venues for campus activities.
Studies show that students who live on campus experience unparalleled growth in social and cultural development, civic engagement, and leadership skills. The proposed residence halls will also address academic, social and technological needs of future students.
Over the last decade, the university has added new housing and modernized its existing facilities to enhance the campus’ academic and social environments. The new residence halls will replace the current residence halls, which opened in the 1960s and have significant deferred maintenance needs. A new dining facility will replace Los Olivos.
Commitment to the Arabian Horses
The university is committed to the success of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center and the learning opportunities it provides for students. In the next few months, the university will begin investing over $200,000 to improve pasture nutritional quality, replace the aging irrigation system with a more water efficient system, and upgrade fencing and paddocks.
“The Arabian horses are a cherished part of our legacy and campus environment. They offer our students unique learning experiences,” says Mary Holz-Clause, dean of the College of Agriculture. “The university’s investment will improve the infrastructure so the pastures can be more productive.”
The expanded housing community will move Kellogg Drive eastward, using about 13 acres of the current pasture land for the Arabian Horses. The College of Agriculture will reallocate 8 acres to the pastures, so the horses will have only 5 fewer acres (40 total) compared to what they have today.
The college is also proceeding with plans to build a covered arena, with the majority of funding coming from donor gifts. In addition, a dedicated a farm crew member will manage the pastures.
Details about the new housing are available online at www.cpp.edu/~futurehousing/.
Information on the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center can be found at www.cpp.edu/~wkkahl/.