Pomona College New Millikan Laboratory
Claremont, CA
Photos: Jim Simmons, EHDD
  • 75,000 sf
  • Chilled metal beam technology for heating and cooling
  • New building entrance adorned by historic bronze atom sculpture by Albert Stewart

Rutherford + Chekene was the structural engineer for the replacement of the Millikan Laboratory and the renovation of the adjoining Andrew Science Hall at Pomona College. The original Millikan building was constructed in 1958 and was struggling to meet the structural and technological demands of a modern university research and teaching facility. The new 75,000 sf building is a light-filled space with architectural components that include floating staircases clad in wood, expansive windows and attractive collaborative spaces.

The building houses the Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics Departments. Space upgrades include physics laboratories, both teaching and specialized; machine shops; a computer center; a planetarium with a 360-degree, night sky immersive display; an outdoor laboratory and learning space; offices and lounges; and a 100-person meeting/lecture space. To pay homage to the past, the Albert Stewart atom sculpture was preserved from the former lab building and is prominently displayed at the entrance of the new building.