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.
Caltech's aging cooling facility on Wilson Avenue south of California Boulevard is being upgraded. Work will be conducted on Saturdays as well as weekdays to expedite project completion. The future facility will be more efficient, attractive, and seismically safe.
The Resnick Sustainability Center, a future hub for energy and sustainability research, will be built just north of San Pasqual Street on the east side of Wilson Avenue. Excavation of the building site and hauling of dirt begins May 9. For seven days starting Monday, May 9, and another seven days starting Monday, May 23, trucks will haul dirt from the site using City-advised routes on Wilson Avenue, Del Mar Boulevard, and Hill Avenue. Trucks will stage inside the construction site to keep Wilson Avenue open. Also in May, flaggers will control traffic on Wilson Avenue occasionally to allow deliveries by trucks too large to enter the site. We expect noise throughout the month, possibly perceptible odors and vibrations, and louder noise May 18-20 from drilling related to shoring. The site's tower crane also will be erected that week, starting Monday, May 16. We apologize for the disturbance 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 American Institute of Architects Los Angeles recently recognized the design for the future building with a 2021 NEXTLA Honor Award.
The plan that governs Caltech construction
This plan, approved by the City of Pasadena, sets forth rules and guidelines for development on campus: