About the BRIC

The Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex is a 165,000 square-foot recreation center at Cal Poly Pomona. ASI operates the facility through its Campus Recreation department.

Students standing in front of the BRIC

Background History


In the 2008-2009 academic year, the ASI Senate approved the BRIC as a key initiative in the 2009-2014 ASI Strategic Plan.


In January 2010, LPA Architects was contracted to prepare the feasibility study for a recreation center by updating the 2007 study and holding several focus groups on campus.

Over the summer of 2010, ASI polled and consulted with 100 percent of the incoming 2010-11 Freshman class, the first class that would be affected by the initiative, to determine if students would support the construction of a Student BRIC. A total of 99.9% of the incoming freshman participated in this process. The consultation survey results indicated overwhelming support in favor of a BRIC with 98% supporting it and 75% supporting a student fee increase to fund it.

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees decided at its September 21, 2010 meeting to amend the campus master plan to allow construction of a student recreation center at Cal Poly Pomona.

In October 2010, ASI selected C.W. Driver as the construction management firm. LPA Architects completed the schematic design for the recreation center.


In January 2011, the CSU Board of Trustees approved the schematic design for the recreation center. That April, a Juice Bar survey was conducted to evaluate which option would be best for the recreation center.


LPA Architects completed the construction drawings in April 2012. In May, the name, the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, was announced to the campus community at a special Big Reveal event that took place in front of the future BRIC home in Bronco Commons.

The CSU Board of Trustees approved the financial plan in July 2012. At this time, construction of the BRIC began.


As construction continued on the BRIC building, the BRIC pool was completed in June 2013 and was made available for use by the Kinesiology department and Health Promotion department.


With the opening of the BRIC approaching, the first ever BRIC Job Fair was held in July 2014 with 737 applicants for a final hire of 104 new student staff to operate the BRIC.

September 2014 marked the completion of the BRIC and the opening during the Broncofusion Concert event on Friday, September 26, 2014.


Overview of Facilities

  • 165,000 square feet of student recreation space
  • Leisure and lap pool with 10 lap lanes
  • 51’8” climbing wall with a 13′ bouldering wall
  • 5 multipurpose fitness studios
  • 3-court gymnasium and a multi-activity court
  • 2 racquetball courts
  • Indoor jogging track
  • Free weight, functional training, and cardio fitness areas
  • Jamba Juice juice bar with service windows inside the BRIC, outside the front of the BRIC, and outside on the pool deck