VISION FOR THE FUTURE
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.
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.
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.
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.