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Campus construction and architecture

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.

Current projects

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.

Cooling infrastructure

Workers are completing the final steps of the upgrade to the cooling facility on Wilson Avenue south of California Boulevard. The renovated facility is quieter and more efficient and seismically safe.

Resnick Sustainability Center

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. Work above ground level has begun, with concrete placement finished for the first level of the building and walls and columns rising. Traffic on Wilson Avenue may be slowed or controlled occasionally for construction-related deliveries, and noise from the project may be audible. Trucks use City-advised routes on Wilson Avenue, Del Mar Boulevard, and Hill Avenue. We 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

This plan, approved by the City of Pasadena, sets forth rules and guidelines for development on campus:

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.