Reflecting on the Final Event

Roland Argomaniz

On Friday, June 3, the 12 finalists selected by their instructors were invited to the Southern California Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA. In keeping with the theme of sustainability, the So. Cal Gas Energy Resource Center is a showcase facility where visitors can learn about energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive building technology, so they can make informed choices about energy consumption and conservation. It was in this spirit that the students were invited to present their projects before select jury members, whereupon an emphasis was placed on the sustainable elements that were strategically embedded into their projects.

The event, which was well attended by many members of the second year undergraduate students and first year graduate students of Cal Poly Pomona as well as various guests, was a strong end to a year in which the students were to investigate issues of site and sustainability. The project, a Marine Mammal Recovery Center, located near the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, CA, required a rigorous investigation on behalf of the students into sustainability issues such as daylighting and passive heating and cooling systems all while considering the fragility of the marine wetlands under constant flux and threat, both natural and industrial.

While all 12 projects were strong in both their formal and sustainable elements, the top honors were award to Matthew Rivera (First Place) and Eduardo Martinez (Second Place). Honorable mentions were awarded to Sarahi Baeza, Kyle Ng, Parady Sarun, and Christina Younger.

Guest Author: Roland Argomaniz is a first-year Graduate Student of Architecture at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a native of Los Angeles, CA.