The doors to the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Center at Cal Poly Pomona opened to students on Sep. 24, 2014, but recently, Bronco students, faculty and community members celebrated the official grand opening ceremony of the recreation center.
Designed by sustainable experts at LPA Inc.,120,000-square-foot, three-story recreation center has quickly become a central hub for student activity on campus. In just one week of opening, nearly half of the student body has registered to join the recreation facility.
Funded by student fees, the facility includes a three-court gymnasium, Multi-Activity-Court (MAC),16,000 square feet of weight and fitness space, five multi-purpose rooms for aerobics, martial arts, spinning and dance classes, a 51-foot rock climbing wallthe largest rock wall in the CSU system and on the western coastand a 6,500-square-foot pool with showers and lockers. The center also includes a Jamba Juice store for a healthy food and drink option for patrons.
The sustainable recreation center not only provides space for physical activityit will promote physical, mental and social health. Ozzie Tapia, a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus and LPA Project Designer said, This school has a place in my heart obviouslyits my alma mater. And for us to be able to give back in some wayits something very special.
The school is quickly finding that the recreation center is encouraging students to remain on campus longer, meet and mingle with peers and relieve stress in a healthy way.
The sustainable recreation center was voted on by the students, with 98 percent of incoming freshmen students voting in favor of building the facility and 75 percent of those students pledging to spend extra dollars in tuition fees in order to see the building become a reality.
Cora Culla, Executive Director of Associated Student Inc. (ASI), said, Our students have been really involved with the BRIC project. We worked with LPA on conducting presentations, designed shirts, we reviewed the decisions that we were making for the project with our student leaders and student staff. She added, Along the way the students were consulted and I think this really created a sense on their part that they felt invested in the project.
In addition to the many amenities that students requested, they also had high standards when it comes to the sustainable quotient of the building.
Since [the students] were actually paying for this facility, they were really clear in the fact that they wanted a facility that expressed their beliefs, and those beliefs included awareness of the environment and making sure that this facility is as sustainable as possible. Not only in construction but how the facility is run and how the systems that allow this facility to run, how those are designed to be able to be as efficient as possible, said Tapia.
The BRIC will feature sustainable design elements like high-performance stormwater management systems, cool roof systems and maximized access to daylighting to reduce the amount of energy needed, thermal displacement ventilation in large two-story gymnasium, mixed-mode naturally ventilated three-story lobby and passive solar protection via fritted glass fins and strategically located ribbon windows shaded by floor cantilevers above. The smaller sustainable features, but no less important, include the recycled materials or locally manufactured materials used on the project, low-flow plumbing fixtures, solar water-heating system for the pool and the landscape maintained with gray water. The facility is registered and on track to receive LEED Gold certification this fall.
The project is LPAs fourth student recreation center within the California State University (CSU) system, which includes Sonoma State University, Cal State East Bay and Cal State Northridge. Cal Poly Pomona now joins the roster of 14 CSU campuses that have a recreation center in operation or under construction.
The success of the new recreation center is evident by the amount of positive feedback from the students themselves. More than 11,000 studentsor about half of the schools eligible student populationhave already registered for BRIC membership. Culla added, [This is a] project led by students, funded by students and for the students this is a testament to what students are capable of doing for their campus and for the students who come here today and also for the students who are yet to come here at Cal Poly Pomona.
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Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 220 employees with offices in Irvine, Roseville, San Diego and San Jose, California and San Antonio, Texas. The firm provides services in architecture, sustainability, planning, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, and graphics. There is no Sustainability Director, at LPA. Instead, more than 80 percent of the professionals are LEED accredited, including the Human Resources Director, CFO, and several other support staff. With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from K-12 Schools, colleges and universities to corporate and civic establishments. More than 600 major design awards attest to LPAs commitment to design excellence. For more information, visit LPAinc.com.
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Keeping a watchful eye on the sky for celestial events, such as next week’s solar eclipse, was a central part of ancient life.
“Cultures from Babylon, India, Greece, England to Mesoamerican could predict eclipses well in advance,” explains A.T. Mann, an architect, astrologer, and author of numerous books, including Sacred Landscapes and Sacred Architecture. “To them, these were divine messages. Naturally their sacred spaces reflected these repeating cycles of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars.”
For many cultures, being attuned to the cycles of nature meant the difference between life and death.
“Early agricultural societies became intensely aware of timing of the seasons to manage their harvests,” said Mann. “They noticed the places where sun rose and set in the summer and winter. These points marked the four corners of the year, and they aligned their temples along this celestial pathway.”
“As humans moved into cities and away from agriculture, knowledge of seasons, such as planting by the phases of the moon to increase a harvest, was gradually lost,” Mann said. “The sky was so important to the ancients; it’s difficult to understand their architecture without understanding how they saw the sky.”
Mann will talk about the relationship between astrology, astronomy and architecture May 2 on the internet radio ensemble talk show the Dead Astrologers Society. The Dead Astrologers Society airs live Thursdays at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific on the ParaMania Radio Network. The show is also available on demand via iTunes.
“Our guests on the Dead Astrologers Society explore the myriad ways star wisdom has fired our imaginations over the centuries,” says Donna Woodwell, Austin, Texas, astrologer and host of Dead Astrologers Society.. “From the ancient Babylonians and Greeks, from China to Central America, from the Renaissance to today, we continue to look up in wonder, yearning for connection and meaning.”
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Change-catalyst Donna Woodwell lives in Austin, Texas. An astrologer, hypnotist and writer, she works with clients to creatively navigate life’s transitions. Owner of Four Moons Astrology, she serves on the board of the International Society for Astrological Research and as an instructor at Kepler College. Her blog La Vita Luna: Living Gracefully in a Changing World is featured on Astrology.com.
HomeThangs.com the Online Home Improvement Store has made their goal to deliver the right product to the consumer. With that in mind, shopping and home design tips, as well as special product selections are being introduced.
Designing a home for the first time can be a major challenge, no matter the size or shape. Especially for those who have little experience or knowledge about different types of home decor, even articulating taste can prove surprisingly difficult. HomeThangs.com has released a simple, introductory guide to the three broadest categories of interior design to help beginners to start talking style.
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When design and desire meet, the results can be truly spectacular. Such is the case with Alyssa Taubmans refined yet relaxed and most decidedly top-of-the-line new family eating area. A dream in the making for over 20 years, Taubman describes her recently-completed kitchen as well worth the wait.
When I planned this project, I took my time, researched literally every faucet and envisioned the kitchen down to the last detaileven the pot hangers are my own custom design from 22 years ago, said Taubman.
To begin, Taubman looked for a stone surface that would enhance the coloration of a favored sectional piece to be used in the family room seating area. She traveled to every stone supplier within a 50-mile radius looking for that perfect piece of quartzite. Then one trip to Integrated Resources Group, and there it was: IRGs Fascination Quartzite.
I walked in the door and was just thrilledthe perfect shade, the perfect large size, the perfect lookthat piece quickly became the centerpiece of the kitchen and the focal point of the project, said Taubman. The light green translucence is almost like looking into the ocean; it has become the natural place where guests gather and love to just stare deeply into the surface.
Although the slabs Taubman first spied in the Integrated Resources Group warehouse in Brisbane were already on hold for another client, IRG quickly ordered more from their second showroom in Dublin. Chosen for its food-grade durability as well as its beauty, Taubman then decided to use this quartzite for the backsplash and desktop as well.
Working with contractor Tomrose Construction and interior designer Rochelle Silberman, the project began taking shape beautifully. The LED lights above the island and counters were positioned to enhance the stone. Chairs were selected in the exact stone vein shade of tan. And even the hood design, cabinet and wall color decisions were made in consideration of the stone.
In the end, Taubman gave much of the credit to the extensive inventory and stellar quality of slabs at the Bay Areas own IRG. Integrated Resources Group sources exotics from India, Italy, Greece, Brazil and stocks more than 10,000 slabs consistently the largest inventory in the Bay Area in two exceptional warehouse/showroom locations.
Ive used IRG in the past and I will definitely go back again, said Taubman. And most likely first next time.
About the company:
Integrated Resources Group offers the largest selection of natural stone in the San Francisco Bay Area. The family-owned business started as a trading company in 1986 dealing in agricultural products, canned food, apparel and natural stone. With a growing reputation for its high-quality natural stone and excellent service, the company relocated the business to a vast warehouse and showroom in Brisbane, where they now carry more than 250 types of stone. The company opened a second showroom and warehouse in Dublin to service East Bay customers. Its products include stone, exotics, glass tile, engineered stone and more. For information on the products and services of Integrated Resources Group, the Bay Areas marble and granite company, call 415-657-0280, visit http://marblecompany.com/ or come into either of their two locations.