Beautiful, refreshed campus spaces kick off 2022-23

Students who arrived early to campus walk by Collins in their CMC maroon t-shirts.
A student utilizes one of the shaded outdoor tables newly installed on campus.
First-Year Guide Jonathan Wise ’25 takes advantage of one of the new outdoor study spaces in North Quad

This fall, first-year students won’t be the only ones adapting to fresh surroundings, as returning CMCers will be treated to renewed campus spaces, ready for the creation of new traditions and memories.

Construction began shortly after Commencement, transforming environments in the Mid Quad, the area east of Collins Dining Hall, and the North Quad. Taking full advantage of the nearly year-round sunny California climate, the new campus features encourage social interaction and engagement—central to CMC culture.

A down shot of a new pathway on campus.
Contiguous pedestrian pathways now extend across campus

As MaryKate Jacobs, assistant dean of student engagement, prepared for new and returning students to arrive on campus, she noted that the summer’s construction has resulted in “ideal locations for student events, both large and small. I know that students will take the lead in coming up with new ways to take advantage of every nook and cranny on campus.”

Designed by Moore Ruble Yudell, the master plan architect for the College’s historic campus, these improvements complete the implementation of the 2012 Campus Master Plan’s vision for renewing and enhancing the hardscape and landscape throughout campus.

Here are some of the projects, designed to enhance how members of the CMC community experience campus life:

Campus facilities staff and construction teams work together to install new bench areas around the residence halls.
Eye-appealing, climate-appropriate plants and trees are taking root
  • Contiguous pedestrian pathways now extend across campus, ensuring accessibility and encouraging the “social collisions” that are central to the CMC culture;
  • New student “porch” areas ideal for studying and hanging out, are now in front of residence halls, Appleby, Green, Wohlford, and Boswell;
  • The renaming of Claremont Hall to Valach Hall, in honor of Kenneth J. Valach ’82, where Janie’s Kitchen (named in honor of Jane Valach ’82) was already a favorite feature;
  • A variety of seating areas with easily accessible electrical outlets for charging phones and laptops, useful as spaces for small group meetings, or individual workspaces;
  • The planting of eye-appealing, water-conserving and climate-appropriate landscaping;
  • Appropriate nighttime LED lighting;
  • Additional bike and skateboard racks;
  • A remarkable glass sculpture by acclaimed artist Pae White SCR ’85 to be installed this fall in the Mid Quad, the latest installation of public art pieces at CMC, which also includes the whimsical red benches designed by the Danish artist Jeppe Hein, now outside Adams Hall.
A shot of one of the newly installed outdoor seating areas shows an available outlet students can use.
New student “porch” areas are ideal for studying and hanging out

Over the summer, CMC staff were eager for the “big reveal,” as the start of fall semester grew closer.

“We're really optimizing our outdoor spaces, creating a cool atmosphere around the campus,” said Jennifer Guyett, senior assistant dean of students for residential life and student engagement. “I'm excited to see the students’ reactions to it as they walk the space and see how it flows.”

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