Nearly one year after breaking ground in Pasadena, construction is in full swing for the Resnick Sustainability Center on the Caltech campus.

The three-story, nearly 80,000-square-foot building, now rising along the west side of the campus adjacent to Wilson Avenue, on the former site of the Clifford S. and Ruth A. Mead Memorial Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory. When completed, the new complex will serve as the physical hub of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, which has existing at Caltech since 2009.

View looking southeast at the Resnick Sustainability Resource CenterYazdani Studio of Cannon Design

The Sustainability Institute - which focuses on solar sciences, climate science, biosphere engineering, and water resources - will be housed in a space that includes specialized equipment and other resources which will be made available to research groups across Caltech. Additionally, plans call for an engineering facility which will provide space to test early-stage technologies.

Yazdani Studio is designing the building, which is composed of concrete, but will also incorporate mass timber and a solar roof. The exterior will feature an undulating glass curtain, lined with aluminum fins, which can be turned to shade the facade while maintaining access to natural light. The building's basement level will also be connected to a multi-story atrium, allowing daylight to penetrate below grade.

Construction of the Resnick Sustainability CenterHunter Kerhart Architectural Photography

Completion of the Sustainability Center is on pace to occur in 2024.

The building and the institute are named in honor of Lynda and Stewart Resnick, who donated $750 million to Caltech in 2019 to support research efforts and the construction of the new Sustainability Center. Stewart Resnick is best known as the president and chairman of The Wonderful Company.

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