Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation


California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, generally referred to as Cal Poly, is part of the California State University system. With nearly 22,000 students, Cal Poly endorses a hands-on learning philosophy referred to as “Learn by Doing”.

The new 4-story interdisciplinary William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation will bring three different colleges together under one roof and will transform student learning and spur imagination and innovation. The research center is a collaboration between the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts.

The first floor will include a lecture hall, two classrooms, a computer lab, and a culinary laboratory. The new facility will also house the College of Liberal Arts’ Expressive Technology Studios which is a 3,500 square-foot studio space with two recording studios and professional hardware and software. The remaining floors will include laboratories for culinary, sensory, food, and nutrition, and faculty offices.

When completed the research center will serve as a hub for students, faculty and industry to collaborate and share knowledge across the science, mathematics and agriculture disciplines.

(project renderings are from the video by ZGF posted on the Cal Poly website)


  • Developed a hyper-flexible space for the lecture hall that gives instructors multiple options for engaging students
  • Designed the Expressive Technology Lab with diverse project spaces to foster innovation, collaboration and interaction
  • Coordinated with the architect for visual appeal to hide technology wherever possible


  • Infrastructure Design
  • System Design


  • Audiovisual
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Security Infrastructure
  • Wireless Network
  • Client: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Architect: ZGF
  • Builder: Gilbane Construction
  • Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Market: Education
  • Facility: Classrooms, Labs and Studio Space
  • Size: 100,000 SF
  • Budget: $125 million
  • Completion Date: Fall 2021