Nestled into the landscape, the Student Services Building’s large, undulating canopy makes a powerful visual statement, establishes a new landmark, and shelters three accessible floors of student services and associated administrative functions. Sustainably designed and engineered, the building’s curving form and unique undulating roof takes its design inspiration from the surrounding mountains and foothills that define the campus, branding it both as an important campus landmark and a place of arrival and orientation for prospective students, returning students, staff, visitors and alumni.
The building fulfills several campus goals: represent the university’s aspirations and mission; provide a welcoming place of arrival; enhance delivery of services to students, faculty and staff; encourage administrative collaboration; and allow for future flexibility. The program provides a series of consolidated service centers for a welcoming, transparent and efficient student service experience, and the design approach splits the program into two distinct buildings, covered by one roof, to provide maximum visibility and accessibility to those functions. Supporting administrative functions are located directly above ground-floor student services centers to ensure efficient and productive workflows, interdivisional and departmental collaboration, and complete student-focused support services. The distinctive roof and breezeway between the buildings creates the desired campus landmark and provides a shaded, outdoor campus amenity – a welcome relief in the hot Pomona climate.
Adhering to a tight $60-million budget set when the building was commissioned in 2010, the design utilizes passive energy solutions to maximize the long-term benefits of the facility for this state-funded institution.