Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stair Repair Afoot

Never a commencement shall pass without a few funny comments about the walk up the hill to The Collins College. The trek is a rite of passage, literally, for all Collins students.

This summer, work is underway to make the walk easier with a complete overhaul to the stairs on the north-facing hill between Kellogg West and the College of Environmental Design. Work is expected to be completed by the time students return in the fall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Signs of Change

The construction fence was installed today, July 17, 2014! We expect trailers and other equipment to begin arriving next week.
construction fence

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Construction Limits Parking

Site work will begin soon on The Collins College’s building expansion project and will impact parking in Lot L starting Monday, July 14, 2014. 

The west portion of Lot L will be closed off by construction fencing and will remain in place for the duration of construction (approximately until the end of fall quarter 2015).  

During the summer, parking is allowed in other areas of Lot L for the college’s staff, faculty and visitors. Parking availability in the fall may change. Additional instructions on parking for September 2014 and beyond will be available in coming weeks.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Collins Expansion Plans Taking Shape

The highly anticipated building expansion for The Collins College of Hospitality Management will begin construction this summer.
The 12,100 square-foot building is expected to be completed by late 2015 and provide essential space for classrooms, group study rooms, a student commons and faculty offices.
With preparations in full swing, plans for the building have changed because of escalating construction costs and an unfavorable bidding climate stemming from an uptick in construction projects regionally. Bids to construct the privately funded project exceeded its $10 million budget.
“By focusing on essential elements, such as those related to teaching and student success, we have been able to bring the project back into budget, and preserve the timeline for completion,” said Interim Dean and Professor Edward Merritt.  “It’s a difficult decision to scale back the project, but it is the fiscally responsible thing to do.”
Original plans called for an academic building and a student commons building. To keep the college on budget and complete the project by the original timeline, the 3,400-square-foot student commons building was shelved. If future funds are identified, the student commons building could be developed later.  
Student space can be recaptured through relatively simple changes in use of space, Merritt said. For example, one of the three large “flex” classrooms in the academic building could be repurposed into a student commons. This repurposing would not hurt learning at the college, based on student enrollment projections for the next five to seven years.
“It’s normal for there to be unexpected construction expenses. Over the past 60 days we have worked with the architect and contractor to mitigate those conditions,” Merritt said. “When all is said and done, we will have an incredible new facility to expand our nationally renowned programs. And that’s all thanks to some generous donors who believe in us, our mission and our students.”
The expansion project is made possible by $10 million in private pledges from longtime supporters of the college including: Carol and Jim Collins, for whom the college is named; Panda Restaurant Group founders Peggy and Andrew Cherng; The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; prominent Inland Empire businessman and alumnus Eugene Park, and Richard N. and Mary Alice Frank.
The $10 million funds construction and design costs. Efforts are ongoing to raise additional private donations to supply furniture, fixtures and equipment. Naming opportunities are available. For more information contact Gina Johnson, director of major gifts, at or 909-869-5349.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Groundbreaking Video

The team at Cal Poly Pomona's MediaVision department created a video to recap of the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 7, 2013.

See photos of the day on Facebook or Google+.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

$10 Million Expansion Breaks Ground

(From the left) Jim Collins, Ed Merritt, Eugene Park,
Hae Park, President Ortiz, Mary Niven and Bridget Bilinksi
kick off the ceremonial groundbreaking.
(From the left) Robert Oppenheimer, James Sink,
Chi Kwan Fong; Andrew Naranjo, Ed Merritt, Mary Niven,
Jennifer Farnham and Jason Compton.
More than 150 people gathered on Nov. 7, to usher in a new era for The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. 

The day marked the ceremonial groundbreaking of a $10 million, 15,000 square-foot expansion, which will feature much needed space for the college’s graduate program, a social space for students and additional offices that will allow the college’s student body and faculty to grow over time. The privately funded-expansion will also include several classrooms that utilize innovative “flex” furniture and technology designed to move and adapt to the evolving needs of today’s classroom.

The Collins College expansion addresses the college’s growth needs in a sustainable way by striving to achieving LEED Gold certification on the two buildings. This would mark the first LEED Gold Certified buildings at Cal Poly Pomona. The expansion will utilize sustainable design features such shaded areas to produced cooler environments; the use of natural lighting; water-efficient fixtures, and high-performance heating- and air-conditioning systems, all in an effort to minimize the college’s impact on the environment. The project was designed by Ontario-based HMC Architects. Gilbane Building Company is the project’s construction management at-risk firm. 

The expansion project was made possible by $10 million in private pledges from longtime supporters of the college including: Carol and Jim Collins, for whom the college is named after; Panda Restaurant Group founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng; The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation; prominent Inland Empire businessman and alumnus Eugene Park, and Richard N. and Mary Alice Frank.

The college expansion is on track to open in the fall of 2015. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

New Renderings

Take a look at the latest Collins College of Hospitality Management expansion project renderings, courtesy of HMC Architects.

This bridge will link the existing breezeway along Building 79A to the new buildings. 

Outdoor seating with expansive views of the valley will be provided in the courtyard. 

This walkway will be located between the new buildings and the Building 79A. 

This is a north-facing drawing of the expansion. The existing buildings are located on the right.