Pomona, CA – July 13, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western U.S. since 1919, is the construction manager at-risk for a new, $40 million Student Recreation Center at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in the Southern California town. Funded through student body fees, the LPA Inc.-designed, 120,000-SF facility will be built by C.W. Driver to LEED Gold standards and is slated to break ground in July 2012.
“The construction of this new recreation center will not only help enrich student life at Cal Poly Pomona, but also set an example as an eco-friendly social hub for the university’s student body,” said C.W. Driver Project Executive Gregg Riddle, adding that the university’s Associated Students Inc., will play a key role in providing leadership and oversight to the project. “Along with presenting a number of new fitness amenities available to students, C.W. Driver is reinforcing the sustainability aspect by incorporating an array of environmentally-friendly features at the facility.”
Located on the southern section of campus, adjacent to student housing and the Bronco Student Center, C.W. Driver will build the three-story recreation center where an existing pool currently rests and construct a new pool on an adjacent site in order to maintain constant use of the aquatic facilities. The second phase of construction will consist of demolishing the existing pool and two buildings, and then constructing the new recreation center in their place.
A creative use of natural lighting will be one of C.W. Driver’s more prominent sustainable features. C.W. Driver will install “Solatube” skylights in the gymnasium area, as well as the builder’s own proposed incorporation of large skylights atop the atrium’s roof which will allow an abundance of natural light to enter the facility.
The building’s exterior finishes will include glass, metal panels and stone, as the building envelope will incorporate large, cantilevered sections on three sides. A large curtainwall at the mid-section will envelope the atrium that houses a 50-foot rock climbing wall. Designed to give students a sense of arrival, the rock wall will be the first amenity seen as students make their way into the main entrance of the recreation center.
The center will include a three-court gymnasium, multi-activity court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track wrapping around the perimeter of the top floor, weight and fitness rooms, and racquetball courts. Additional amenities include an outdoor recreation pool with deck area, sports club spaces, five multi-purpose rooms, social lounge and admin space.
Joining Riddle on C.W. Driver’s construction team are Tom Jones, Senior Project Manager and Mark Vondran, Senior Estimator.
In addition to the Cal Poly Pomona recreation center, C.W. Driver also constructed the Student Recreation Centers at California State University, Fullerton, which has achieved LEED Gold certification, and California State University, Long Beach (targeting LEED Gold). The builder currently is constructing the Student Recreation Center at California State University, Northridge (LEED Gold).
About C.W. Driver
C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western U.S. since 1919, specializes in general contracting and construction management services by remaining on the cutting-edge across a broad spectrum of industries including higher education facilities, K-12, healthcare, entertainment, hospitality and military. C.W. Driver has offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario and San Diego. For more information, please visit www.cwdriver.com