The Cal Poly Pomona Collins College of Management was recently awarded a Sustainable Innovation Award in the category of Sustainable Sites for Building 73 by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA).

“The Sustainable Innovation Awards offer prestige and affirmation of your project’s commitment to a sustainable built environment. Unlike standardized rating systems, the Sustainable Innovation Awards evaluate merit based upon sustainable strategies that demonstrate exemplary performance by going above and beyond LEED credit achievement,” according to USGBC-LA.

The 15,000 square-foot facility features two naturally lit lecture rooms, two instructional support rooms, a student commons, a cafe, five naturally ventilated offices for graduate faculty members, a conference room, and two group study rooms. As a high-performance design, the facility incorporates passive and active sustainable features such as low E-glass windows, energy-efficient mechanical systems, chilled beams, high-recycled-content materials, clerestory windows, solatubes, and drought tolerant landscaping on the hillside. In addition, the facility has 75 percent access to natural light and 90 percent access to views.

The project team, consisting of HMC, the Collins College of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly Pomona’s Facilities Planning Design and Construction, EPT, GLUMAC, and Gilbane Construction was recognized at USGBC-LA’s 13th Annual Green Gala on Nov. 30, 2017 in Los Angeles. The expansion was Cal Poly Pomona’s first LEED Gold certified project.