Claremont McKenna College – Roberts Pavilion

Claremont, CA


Designed by the creative team at John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, the LEED
Gold-certified Claremont McKenna College – Roberts Pavilion is a new 144,000 square-foot facility that was completed on September 30, 2016. This facility features a state-of-the-art 10,000-square-foot fitness center and a generous venue area with a seating capacity of approximately 2,200, which provides hosting opportunities for important college and community events.

Upon entering the Pavilion, the students are greeted with a “Character Wall” surrounded by overlapping circulation paths. The Character Wall was created with inspiring words that represented the student body, such as: community, leadership, integrity, empathy, responsibility, excellence, courage, creativity, honor, and passion in the 10 most commonly used languages on campus.

The overlapping and transparent circulation routes throughout the building create an inviting and transparent environment. In the main corridor, the grand staircase has a large drywall radius, where the soffit aligns perfectly with the radius-ed glass railing. In addition, there are several instances where the ceiling plane is rising and falling over a large area, with elevation changes up to 6’, with a level V finish with high gloss paint. KHS&S utilized new innovative technology (Panel-Max) that assisted in creating over 200 recessed light pockets off-site to be delivered just in time to the site.

Though its taut form and Terra Cotta panels create a unified exterior aesthetic, that creates an iconic social hub for this campus. The exterior has over 10,000 linear feet of aluminum reveals with tight tolerances that KHS&S had to carefully align at crucial points of different material finishes.

KHS&S scope of work was design-build for the interior and exterior framing, taping, drywall installation, sheathing, waterproofing membrane and Lath & Plaster.


  • Design-Build for the interior and exterior framing
  • Taping
  • Drywall installation
  • Sheathing
  • Waterproofing membrane
  • Lath & Plaster.