Richard C. Seaver Biology Building


The design fulfilled the college's objectives of creating a new home for the Biology Department, the Molecular Biology Program, and a portion of the Neuroscience Program. The program uses for the departments include teaching labs, research labs, faculty offices, the departmental office, classrooms, multi-use spaces, and all requisite support spaces.

The planning and design of the project considered impacts on the surrounding neighborhood as well as impacts from neighboring buildings. Concepts such as daylighting, thermal energy storage, HVAC load shifting, photovoltaic arrays, noise and air quality control, sensitive planning, and material choices influenced the design from the earliest phases. The design integrates the scale and character of the older and more traditional Pomona College buildings on its primary street front facades, while inspiring a forward-looking sense of the future with its glass rotunda entry and lounges.

The building is designed to achieve a LEED Sliver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program and includes a notable commitment to energy conservation, environmental responsiveness, and sustainable strategies.

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Pomona College
Campus Contact: 
David Becker, Ph.D. Professor of Biology Chair, Department of Biology
Design Professionals: 
Bauer and Wiley
HKS Architects
Other Consultants: 

MEP/T Engineer – Flack + Kurtz
Structural Engineer – Englekirk & Sabol
Civil Engineer – KPFF Consulting Engineers
Cost Estimator – Cumming, LLC.

Gross Square Feet: 
Net Square Feet: 
Construction Period: 
18 Months
Completion Date : 
Student Lounge - exterior
Student Lounge - interior
Rotunda Stairs