Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Dougherty and Dougherty, Architects (firm); Peridian Group, Landscape Architects (firm)

Dates: constructed 1992-1994

4105 West University Drive
California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Campus, Pomona, CA 91768

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By the winter of 1995, three buildings and gardens had been erected and 18 students lived in the center. Its goal at that time was to have "dorm space for 90 students; faculty accommodations; living, meeting and teaching areas; and laboratories and offices." The mission statement of the center was " study and demonstrate how human settlements can be more sustainable by using 'regenerative' technologies--those that turn both self-renewing resources (such as sunlight, wind, and rain) and wastes into usable food, water and energy." (See Todd W. Bressi, "Center for Regenerative Studies," Places, vol. 9 number 3, Winter 1995, p. 22.) Peridian Group served as the landscape architecture firm consulted on the center.

The Center's web site indicated about its history: "Building upon research and drawing on the knowledge of a wide range of experts from throughout the world, the team published a proposal and a preliminary design, and raised $4.3 million from private foundations. Ground was broken in 1992 for Phase I of the Center for Regenerative Studies, and the Center welcomed its first 20 full-time residents in early 1994. On May 22, 1999, the Center was renamed The John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, in honor of the founding project director." (See California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, "History of the Lyle Center,"Accessed 10/03/2013.)

PCAD id: 18718