By now, 5C students are used to hearing the buzzing and whirring of construction in Claremont. Multiple projects occur simultaneously across the campuses, and when one college wraps up construction, another begins almost immediately.
Already this semester, we have seen the completion of two buildings at the 5Cs: the Robert A. Millikan Laboratory at Pomona College and the Wayne and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall at Harvey Mudd College. Two other major construction projects, the Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College and a new residence hall at Scripps College, are currently underway.
Construction of CMC’s 132,000-square-foot fitness and events center, Roberts Pavilion, began in February 2014 and is scheduled for completion in 2016. Located at the intersection of Mills Avenue and Sixth Street, the facility will house Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) intercollegiate, intramural and physical education programs.
According to construction updates posted on the Roberts Pavilion website, the construction team started erecting the exterior framing in July. The process includes “metal stud framing, insulation, water-proofing and terra-cotta paneling,” after which the building will be “weather-tight” and roofed. After this three- or four-month process, workers will start on the interior of the building.
“This is going to be an awesome building,” CMC Director of Construction Frank Perri said in a video from July 2015.
The newest dorm building on HMC’s campus, the Wayne and Julie Drinkward Residence Hall, opened for move-in day on Aug. 21. Situated between Sontag Hall and Linde Field, the 45,000-square-foot building has 131 student beds, 29 of which were leased to Scripps this fall.
The feasibility study for this building started in May 2013 and the designing phase began in Feb. 2014. HMC Director of Capital Projects James Hawley said that the construction process took exactly 13 months and the project was completed on time and on budget.
“This was very fast-paced,” Hawley said. “It’s very hard to design and build a dorm of that size in 18 months. The trustees gave us the task to open for fall this year, so we did everything we possibly could to get it open by August 21. We were successful.”
Although the furniture has yet to be moved in, Drinkward Hall resident Ellie Gund HM ’17 looks forward to the opening of the fishbowl-style student lounge.
The building’s design incorporated input from four student forums. Some rooms have interior doors and courtyards, while others have exterior doors, blending the styles of old and new Harvey Mudd dorms.
“We took all the different styles we had on campus and combined them into one facility,” Hawley said. “I’m pretty proud of it.”
The building will submit Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) documentation to the U.S. Green Building Council in October, aiming for at least a silver certification.
Home to the physics and mathematics departments at Pomona, the Robert A. Millikan Laboratory opened for faculty and students over the summer.
The official grand opening of Millikan Laboratory and the Andrew Science Hall will be this Founder's Day, Oct. 3. Students, faculty and families will join in the celebration with interactive science activities and live music.
Scripps Residence Hall
Construction on the new Scripps residence hall at 406 Platt Blvd. began in March 2015. The residence hall is scheduled to open in August 2016. The facility will be called New Hall until a lead donor is found.
The 40,000-square-foot dorm will include three exterior courtyards and two structures connected by a bridge on the second level. It will house 110 students.
According to Scripps Director of Facilities Josh Reeder, increasing enrollment and the guarantee of on-campus housing are the main reasons for constructing New Hall. An anonymous donor contributed funds for the new building.
“Once the building is complete, a hundred percent of the students will be housed on campus,” Reeder said.
Reeder also said that the construction team completed preparatory work over the summer, such as pouring footing and rerouting infrastructure. A few small parking areas were demolished to accommodate the construction site. Campus access will largely remain unaffected by the construction zone.