Rose Float Lab infographic
CPP Magazine

A New Rose Float Lab

Continuing Rose Float's 71-year legacy of creativity and innovation, Cal Poly Pomona is beginning construction of a new Rose Float Lab.

The Rose Float Lab and Design Complex will provide about 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor work space, including a fully enclosed float construction bay, design workspace, storage facilities and a courtyard to host large numbers of volunteers. 

After the ceremonial groundbreaking in November, construction begins in early 2019 with an estimated move-in-date of early 2020. Learn more at

Large Courtyard

The 5,700-square-foot lab is named in honor of alumni Don Miller and Ron Simons from a $1 million gift by Butch and Vivien Lindley. Miller had the original idea to enter the 1949 Rose Parade. Simons is a retired CPP administrator and longtime champion for Rose Float.

Located inside will be the Hydraulic and Electronic shops.

At 60 feet long, the Tournament of Roses Legacy Fence will feature 120 stainless steel tiles, each with the name and year of past and future floats. The fence was designed by alumnus Joe Vertrees.

Behind the fence is a large courtyard for volunteers to work and hold large meetings.