Cal Poly Pomona - Classroom/Laboratory/Administration Tower Demolition and Building Renovation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State University, Pomona (CPP)
Document Title
Cal Poly Pomona - Classroom/Laboratory/Administration Tower Demolition and Building Renovation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project would involve the demolition of the southwestern portion of the CLA building complex (Buildings 1, 2 and the CLA tower), renovation of the remaining building in the complex (Building 3), reconstructed utility connections, and landscaping and hardscape improvements. Constructed in 1993, the CLA building complex is identified as Building #98, Classroom/Lab/Administration Building, on the campus master plan map; the administrative offices have been relocated to Building #121 to the south. The project would begin with the demolition of the southwestern portion of the building complex, which includes the CLA tower, through dismantling/deconstruction. The demolition footprint would be graded and a new lower-level exterior wall, stairs, ramps, guardrails, and walkway access for Building 3 would be constructed. The project would involve the reconfiguration of the Maximizing Engineering Potential (MEP) Center within Building 3 and reconstructed utility connections. Building 3 would continue to house classrooms upon project completion. The project would conclude with the creation of a paved ADA-accessible path and other hardscape, and the construction of a Japanese Garden Extension/addition of a Discovery Garden, which would expand the existing Japanese Garden that currently borders the CLA Building to the north and west to occupy the original footprints of Buildings 1 and 2. The majority of the existing Japanese Garden would remain as is, but the eastern perimeter would be modified to accommodate the new Discovery Garden. Vehicular access to the project site would be via Red Gum Lane and Voorhis Circle. No new parking spaces would be constructed; the parking spaces adjacent to Building 3 would be retained. Construction of the project would take place from June 2022 to March 2023. Project completion and operation is anticipated in 2023.

Contact Information

Danny Wu
Agency Name
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Job Title
Executive Director, Campus Planning Transportation and Sustainability
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Cross Streets
Located west of Red Gum Lane and Voorhis Park, north of the Student Services Building (Building
Other Location Info
Address: Classroom/Laboratory/Administration (CLA) Building (Building #98), located on the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) campus, 3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, California 91768

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines §15302, State class number: Class 2
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt under Class 2 (Replacement or Reconstruction), as the project would demolish existing buildings (Buildings 1, 2, and the CLA tower) that do not meet current seismic safety standards, reconstruct a portion of a building (Building 3) in the same complex to improve its seismic performance, and reconstruct and upgrade utilities serving Building 3. Building 3 would continue to serve the same purpose as at present and the project would not increase building capacity by more than 50 percent. Therefore, the project is consistent with Categorical Exemption Class 2 qualifying criteria. The Project does not meet any of the exceptions to the use of a categorical exemption under CEQA Guidelines §15300.2. Specifically, the Project would not: (1) be located in a sensitive environment; (2) have a significant cumulative impact; (3) have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; (4) result in damage to scenic resources; (5) be located on a site included on any list compiled pursuant to state law; or (6) cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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