Caltech files for permission to demolish the building and replace it with a new one – Pasadena Now

Caltech wants to demolish a one-story building on its campus at 1200 E. California Blvd. and build a new, three-story, 80,000 square foot university lab building in the same location, and is applying for a conditional use permit (CUP) from the city to make it happen.

The proposed project would deviate from the identified building setback, rooftop accessory area, and accessory height specified in the approved campus master plan. The project also involves moving a protected tree on campus.

Under city zoning regulations, a CUP is required for minor alterations that may conflict with an approved master plan.

According to plans submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development as part of the application, the location of the proposed project is on the east side of Wilson Avenue, just north of the San Pasqual Street intersection. This plot is approximately 18 acres in size and is being developed as part of the Caltech campus.

Caltech said the new building will be called the Resnick Sustainability Center when complete and is intended to be a modern, flexible research building capable of supporting and expanding the research work of the Resnick Sustainability Institute (RSI) .

It will initially house the facilities of four of RSI’s research centers: a biosphere ecology and engineering facility, a solar science and catalysis center, a remote sensing center and a translational science facility for pilot testing. in large scale.

Caltech said the project is currently in the design development phase. Construction is expected to begin in early 2022 with occupancy expected in 2024.

The institute’s first master plan was approved in 1989. A first amendment was approved in 1995 and a second in 1999. The current master plan is the third and was approved by the Pasadena City Council in December 2006 without duration does not specify an expiry date, which means that it is in effect indefinitely.

With certain conditions for approval, the planning department said it recommends the CUP application be approved by the Hearing Officer before forwarding it to city council.

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