Innovation Village was first conceived by then University President Bob Suzuki in 1995. The objective of the park is to convert agricultural land ideally suited for commercial applications in the Los Angeles marketplace to higher uses with a focus on attracting research and development organizations interested in partnering with the university to compliment and enhance university programs.
The project was approved by the Board of Trustees for the California State University in November 1999, and again approved by the Board of Trustees as a revision to the Campus Master Plan in June 2000.
The Center for Training & Technology Incubation (CTTI) was funded in 1998 by EDA, NASA, and Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc., initiating the construction and opening of Phase I for Innovation Village Research Park in 2001. CTTI has served as the home for numerous start-up companies focusing on sensors and medical devices, electronic circuitry, telecommunications and chips. A second round of funding by EDA in 2007 has resulted in the construction of additional wet labs.
Phase II commenced with the 2003 choice by American Red Cross Biomedical Services to locate its prototype for blood testing and partnering with the university's biotechnology programs with construction of its 201,000 s.f . regional headquarters. The state-of-the-art home to 1,200 employees opened in early 2005. Cal Poly Pomona Foundation invested in the infrastructure required for Phase II.
Phase 3 commenced in September, 2004 with an RFP for a developer to build a three-story multi-tenant office/research and development facility. A 123,000 s.f. structure was completed in 2007 by Trammell Crow Company of Irvine California with design capability to house wet labs. Southern California Edision purchased the building and it will be home to approximately 450 employees representing the transmission and distribution business unit.
Due to their success in working well with the university, Trammell Crow Company was approved to build the Phase 4 twin building to Phase 3 with construction to commence in mid-2010.
The remaining land consisting of approximately 25 acres is envisioned to contain one 3-story building for a mix of labs and office space, and the remaining Valley Boulevard frontage property to contain 4-5 story buildings and a parking structure.
Industries Represented or Sought
Organizations active in areas complimentary to Cal Poly Pomona academic programs in sciences and engineering and research activities in aerospace, agricultural, biomedical and biotechnology, circuitry, communications electronics, energy, nutrition, optics, sensors, space.
Allowed uses for limited prototype manufacturing, medical devices, pharmaceutical, research and development, corporate headquarters, and other uses that either support the above categories or otherwise meet the needs and mission of the university with following general design guides:
Minimum Lot Size: 4 acre
Floor Area Ratio: 40%
Maximum Bldg. Coverage: 35%
Parking: 5 space/1,000 building sq. ft
The eastern San Gabriel Valley climate is pleasantly temporate with daytime temperatures generally ranging between winter lows in the 60's and summer highs in the low 90's. Winter snow can be seen in the nearby foothills, with rainfall averaging 8 inches.