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Pomona College is a private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California and is the first institution in the renowned Claremont Colleges collection. This college was established in 1887 and covers 140 acres. The Studio Art Hall is Pomona College’s newest building and was designed by the renowned and award-winning firm, wHY Architecture and Design.
J&M was chosen to construct one of this building’s unique concrete features, specifically the rough-sawn form board finish walls at select portions of the building’s exterior. These cast concrete walls range in height from 20 feet to 40 feet, and were key to wHY’s design philosophy for this unique facility. Rather than typical shear walls that are part of the building’s structural system, these were sheathes over the metal structural components, which extend from the ground floor up to the roof. One of the demanding aspects of these walls was the architect’s and owner’s request that no horizontal seam lines are visible, typical when pouring such tall decorative walls. J&M developed an innovative way to construct each of these in a continuous operation, preventing the lift seam lines from occurring. The other challenging aspect was installing the formwork and rebar reinforcing, as the distance between these walls and the metal structural system was extremely narrow, allowing only a few inches of space.