Campus construction and architecture
Caltech supports small businesses
More than 70 small businesses earned a total of $36 million in 16 recent construction and renovation projects on Caltech's campus (as of 2021).
Caltech is small but prizes excellence and ambition, and that goes for the architecture on its 124-acre campus as well as research and education. Here, local community members can find information about current construction and renovation projects, design honors, small business support, and the plans governing Caltech construction, with links to learn more.
Caltech works to minimize any interference to traffic, parking, or quality of life caused by campus construction projects. However, we know disruptions are inevitable, and we appreciate your patience. Crews are required to follow city construction guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols.
Through September, there will be occasional noise and traffic control as workers enclose and finalize the upgraded cooling facility on Wilson Avenue south of California Boulevard. Work will be conducted on Saturdays as well as weekdays to expedite project completion. When complete, the renovated facility will be more efficient, attractive, and seismically safe.
The Resnick Sustainability Center, a future hub for energy and sustainability research, is being built just north of San Pasqual Street on the east side of Wilson Avenue. Workers are constructing the basement and will begin work at the ground level in early November. On three concrete-placement days—October 14, November 3, and November 9—traffic on Wilson Avenue may be slowed by concrete deliveries, with 20 to 30 concrete trucks expected to travel to and from the site on each of those days. Trucks use City-advised routes on Wilson Avenue, Del Mar Boulevard, and Hill Avenue. In addition, workers may control traffic on Wilson Avenue occasionally to allow deliveries by trucks too large to enter the site. We expect some noise and appreciate your patience.
Over the past winter, the old Mead Laboratory was demolished to make way for the new center, with concrete, wood, and metal sorted for recycling and reuse. Several trees were removed; more will be planted than were removed.
The plan that governs Caltech construction
Recent design recognition
AILA honors the future Resnick Sustainability Center
The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles recently recognized the design for the future Resnick Sustainability Center with a 2021 NEXTLA Honor Award. The design is also featured in Dezeen, a prominent architecture and design magazine.
Pasadena Beautiful recognizes two recent Caltech projects
Pasadena Beautiful's 2021 Commercial Design Awards honored Caltech's garden-wrapped Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building and a complex of 1920s bungalows that Caltech moved from the neuroscience building site to San Pasqual Street and carefully restored and landscaped. The awards, conferred every five years, recognize efforts to create exceptional landscapes that benefit the environment, the community, and people who work and live nearby.