Corporation Life

Corporation Corner

Building a Better Campus Experience

From its inception in 1941, the Cal Poly Corporation has been committed to creating the best campus experience possible for all students, faculty and staff. One of the most impactful ways that the corporation carries out this commitment is by helping to fund facilities ranging from sports fields and buildings to faculty and staff housing.

Corporation CEO Cody VanDorn recently met with Andy Thulin, the dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and discussed the new JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture, the plans for Swanton Pacific Ranch as well as other upcoming projects. See their discussion here. 

Currently, there are eight corporation-funded projects in the works, with four under construction, and four in the planning and development phase. See below for more on these projects. 

The JUSTIN and J. LOHR Center for Wine and Viticulture
Corporation worked with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Sciences (CAFES) to create a $7.6 million line of credit to help make this facility a reality. The 15,600-square-foot winery includes a fermentation hall, bottling room, barrel rooms and a research lab, and will provide students with a learning environment similar to what they will experience in the wine industry. 

Swanton Pacific Ranch
In 1993 the Corporation was given this 3,200 acre Santa Cruz county ranch and CAFES uses it as a living lab studying forestry, crop, livestock and more. In August 2020 the CZU Lightning Complex fire swept through, destroying much of the ranch and its structures. All staff and students were able to evacuate safely. CAFES leadership is currently working to construct temporary housing for employees and create a master plan. A ranch revisioning exercise is ongoing. 

Cal Poly Technology Park
The planned expansion of the Cal Poly Technology Park will create a 30,000-square-foot facility along Mount Bishop Road that will increase collaboration between the university and industry, provide space for faculty startups and opportunities for Cal Poly entrepreneurial faculty to engage in sponsored research and development activities with companies in the Tech Park. 

Building 19
The campus’ primary food service and production facility will undergo a major renovation to create a student-centric dining facility that will complement a planned update of the University Union. Construction on the project started during the summer of 2021. The design will modernize foodservice and improve the overall student experience by increasing campus connectivity.

University Store
The update and remodel of the University Store is another project in line with the larger University Union Neighborhood Masterplan that aims to create a more student-focused campus center. The remodel includes the relocation of the storefront, as well as upgrades to the exterior facade and reimagined awnings. Interior changes will include a relocation of the point-of-sale counters, an updated technology center, and a dedicated flex space available for student use. 

Scout Coffee Co.
Earlier this year the corporation announced that it was bringing locally-owned Scout Coffee Co. and their scratch-made pastries and craft-roasted coffee to a new location on campus next to the Welcome Center in yakʔitʸutʸu. Following an update including tenant improvement to the facility, the new space will serve as a gathering spot for all campus residents and visitors to grab a quick coffee and pastry on the way to class or to join a tour of the campus.

Other projects in the planning phase include new faculty and staff housing and updates to the Bartleson Ranch.