Claremont, CA

Pomona College New Millikan Laboratory


Structural (Design)

Geotechnical Engineering

Structural Engineering


75,000 sf

Key Info

Chilled metal beam technology for heating and coolingHistoric bronze atom sculpture by Albert Stewart

Rutherford + Chekene was the structural engineer for the replacement of the Millikan Laboratory and the renovation of the adjoining Andrew Science Hall at Pomona College. The original Millikan building was constructed in 1958 and was struggling to meet the structural and technological demands of a modern university research and teaching facility. The new 75,000 sf building is a light-filled space with architectural components that include floating staircases clad in wood, expansive windows and attractive collaborative spaces.The building houses the Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics Departments. Space upgrades include physics laboratories, both teaching and specialized; machine shops; a computer center; a planetarium with a 360-degree, night sky immersive display; an outdoor laboratory and learning space; offices and lounges; and a 100-person meeting/lecture space. To pay homage to the past, the Albert Stewart atom sculpture was preserved from the former lab building and is prominently displayed at the entrance of the new building.

Emma G. Meehan

Project Manager/SE, LEED AP

Emma has been engaged in a broad spectrum of projects. These include retrofits of historic waterfront projects, laboratory buildings like the Shriram Center for Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and the Regional Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and campus work for some of today’s largest high tech companies.

Emma enjoys the collaborative process that comes with working in a design team. She is service oriented and believes that a holistic approach to projects will produce a design that responds to the needs of users.

Science | Technology

Leavening peerless structural engineering skill with humor, philosophy, people skills and, above all, a consummate understanding of San Francisco's permitting process, [Alan] saw this project through.