A New Rose Float Lab


Cal Poly Pomona has announced plans to build a new $3.7 million Rose Float Lab and Design Complex for its award-winning Rose Float program. The new complex would provide about 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor work space, including a fully enclosed float construction bay, design workspace, storage facilities and a courtyard to host large numbers of volunteers.

Cal Poly Pomona students currently build their incredible floats in an open-air warehouse building erected more than 30 years ago by Rose Float students. For the first time in 70 years, this complex would afford appropriate protection from weather; better security for the equipment, electronics, and tools; and a space specifically designed to enhance student learning, collaboration and innovation both indoors and outdoors. With a goal of breaking ground in 2018, the university has launched a Rose Float Lab Fund Raising Campaign to raise the remaining $800,000. 


Flower Field Visits

On August 4th, students from both Cal Poly campuses were treated to three separate tours with a bundle of flowers! Each of the fields visited provide our float with CA Grown flowers each year, helping to certify our float as such. This certification ensures that 85% of the fresh flowers on our float are grown in California, which is why we need our California Farmers.

The three fields visited were all located in San Diego County and include: Resendiz Brothers, Mellano & Co, and Dramm & Echter. Click on the buttons above to take a look at their website.

Summer Lab Days

School may be out, but Rose Float is still working! Join us for our summer lab days on either campus! 

Please refer to the Volunteer tab of our website for more information on what to bring when you come out to volunteer.

Joint Retreat

In the midst of Spring Quarter with final exams approaching, students from both campuses join for a weekend of team building exercises. The nearly 60 students graciously camped on a piece of land owned by a previous Rose Float Alumni in the hills of Paso Robles, CA. 

Program advisors and team executive members were responsible for pulling off this very successful weekend. Everything from the meals the students ate, to the activities that were planned, this 'Joint Retreat' was the perfect start for this years Cal Poly Universities Team. Planning is well underway for this year and the team cannot wait to get started on the build.

Alumni Picnic

This past weekend Pomona Rose Float Alumni joined the students in an annual luncheon at the Pomona Lab. After lunch both students and alumni participated in a little friendly competition to end the event.

All food at the event was provided by the alumni and the students couldn't have been more pleased with the meal. Thank you to all alumni that helped to make this event possible our students really enjoyed everything that you had to sharer

Pomona Retreat

Students from the Pomona team enjoyed a full day of camping and team building in the Chino Hills State Park earlier this month. This is an annual trip is structured to build relations between all members of the Pomona campus to spark everlasting relationships throughout their float making process.

In addition to the leadership and team building activities scheduled for the trip, students enjoyed roaming the landscape. The Chino Hills State Park is filled with multiple hiking trails that the students were able to explore during their stay.

The picture of the Pomona team (shown above) does not show everyone on the team, but fortunately everyone was able to attend.

Happiness Through Guidance

Dennis workshop

Dennis Midyett, a professional float builder, held a workshop at Cal Poly Pomona on February 27th. This learn by doing experience covered the basics but exceeded everyones expectations. In the nearly 6 hour workshop that Dennis put on, students from both the Cal Poly campuses were amazed by his incredible work.

The Design Team members received expert advise and key instruction that will help them succeed in their future. All of the time that Dennis shared on this day was graciously donated to the Rose Float team. All of the students enjoyed this incredible opportunity and would like to thank him for his time.


photo credit - Trevor Franco