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Neel Resource Center

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Paul & Verla Neel Resource Center (NRC) | 05-101

The College's Neel Resource Center (NRC) is located in the Architecture Building 05, Room 101. For directions, please see the Campus Map (flashmap). 

HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

 

Vickie Aubourg, Director
California Polytechnic State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Building 05, Room 101
One Grand Avenue

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0282
Emailvaubourg@calpoly.edu
Phone: (805) 756-2165

 

About Us

 

The Paul & Verla Neel Resource Center (NRC) collects, maintains, and provides access to architecture and environmental design-related resources. The NRC's Collections include books, periodicals, slide and digital images, working drawings, and material samples. These various resources  strengthen the College of Architecture & Environmental Design's educational mission of  offering textual, visual, and digital resources on architecture design, practice, and history; building technology; urban planning; and landscape architecture CAED's faculty and students.

The NRC was founded in 1967, principally as a book and slide library. Since then, it has expanded to include collections of building plans, educational DVDs, and 24,000 digital images. Most recently, during the 2007-08 academic year, the NRC was substantially renovated and augmented to include a Materials Sample Collection.

The NRC provides a comfortable environment for study, research and browsing. Our staff can help students and faculty navigate library databases, refine search terms, and suggest new search strategies. The individual assistance offered by the NRC staff aims to provide students with skilled information research techniques and formal analysis for the practice of architecture and the environmental design-related fields.

The NRC is generously supported by the continual donations from Paul and Verla Neel Fund.

Plotting in the NRC

 

THE NRC LARGE FORMAT PRINTING AND SCANNING SERVICE

Large format Printers/Plotters
1 Canon IPF 755 36" plotter
2 Canon IPF 765 36" plotters
2 Canon IPF 815 42" plotters

Large format Scanner:
1 Vidar SD 4430 42" scanner 

 

All Plotting will be done by NRC Staff or Lab Monitors!!

Purchase a plotter punch card at the University Cashier (Building 01) or online

To purchase a plotter card online:

  1. Login to your Cal Poly Portal (my.calpoly.edu)
  2. Select the “Money Matters” tab
  3. Click the yellow “Make a Payment Now” button (under Account Summary, in the middle of the page)
  4. This will redirect you to the AFD Online Payments page
  5. Click “CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN ONLINE PAYMENT”
  6. Under the Your Account section click “Make a Payment”
  7. On the right side column under categories, choose the “CAED Plotter & Digital Fabrication Lab Cards”
  8. Select the "CAED Plotter Card" by clicking "View Details"
  9. Enter the quantity and then click “Add to Basket” (plotter cards are $20 each)
  10. Click “Pay Now” 
  11. Print receipt and bring it and your ID to 05-212A to pick up your Plotter Card

IMPORTANT: The original cashier receipt or a printout of an email receipt must be taken to the Architecture Department in 05-212a to be exchanged for the plotter punch card. An image on your phone or other device will not be accepted.


Before you can print your poster or document at the Neel Resources Center (NRC) - Building 05, Room 101 - you must complete the following:

  1. Flatten the layers of your posters created in PhotoShop, compressed files in InDesign or Illustrator before saving posters as a a PDF file.
  2. Save your document as a PDF File.
  3. Check the width measurement of your file.
    Maximum width and height: W 36" X H 72" (for our 36" printers)
    Maximum width and height; W 42" X H 72" (for our 42" printers)
    Minimum width and height: W 24" X H 18"
  4. Orient your posters to landscape mode.
    Width of 36" or 42" with a maximum file size of 200MB
  5. Reduce your file size (if larger than 150MB) by the following:
    a. Flattening layers in Photoshop, compressing file in InDesign to 150 dpi
    b. Reducing the resolution of your thumbnails to 150 dpi

Plotter Line Work Prices

 

36" PAPER

 

CHEAP BOND/
VELLUM PAPER

 

HEAVY BOND PAPER MYLAR/
GLOSSY
PAPER

 

42" PAPER

CHEAP
BOND/
VELLUM PAPER
HEAVY BOND PAPER
36X18 Line Work $2.00 $2.00 $6.00 42X18 Line Work $2.00 $4.00
36X18 Tonal Work $2.00 $4.00 $12.00 42X18 Tonal Work $4.00

$8.00

 

36X20 Line Work

$2.00

$2.00

$6.00

 

42X20 Line Work

$2.00

$4.00

36X20 Tonal Work $2.00 $4.00 $12.00 42X20 Tonal Work $4.00

$8.00

 

36X24 Line Work

$2.00

$4.00

$12.00

 

42X24 Line Work

$4.00

$6.00

36X24 Tonal Work $4.00 $6.00 $18.00 42X24 Tonal Work $6.00

$10.00

 

36X36 Line Work

$2.00

$4.00

$12.00

 

42X36 Line Work

$4.00

$8.00

36X36 Tonal Work $6.00 $8.00 $24.00 42X36 Tonal Work $6.00 $12.00

 

36X42 Line Work

$4.00

$6.00

$18.00

 

42X42 Line Work

 

$6.00

 

$10.00

36X42 Tonal Work $6.00 $12.00 $36.00 42X42 Tonal Work $10.00 $18.00

 

36X48 Line Work

$4.00

$8.00

$24.00

 

42X48 Line Work

$8.00

$14.00

36X48 Tonal Work $8.00 $16.00 $48.00 42X48 Tonal Work $12.00

$20.00

 

36X60 Line Work

$6.00

$12.00

$36.00

 

42X60 Line Work

$10.00

$18.00

36X60 Tonal Work

$10.00

$18.00

$54.00

42X60 Tonal Work

$14.00

$24.00

 

36X72 Line Work

$8.00

$14.00

$42.00

 

42X72 Line Work

$12.00

$20.00

36X72 Tonal Work $12.00 $20.00 $60.00 42X72 Tonal Work $16.00 $30.00

 

Collections

 

The Neel Resource Center's Book, Periodical, and Image collections are specialized collections intended to complement or supplement the collections of Kennedy Library. These collections support the particular needs of CAED's students and faculty by providing architecture and environmental design resources for both general and specific research purposes.

NEEL BOOK COLLECTION

Neel NRC Book Database  
(Library Name= MRC Books, no password required)

Major focal areas of the Neel Book Collection include:

  • New technologies in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design
  • Energy uses and conservation
  • Sustainability in architecture, landscape architecture
  • Reference materials on green building products
  • Details on modern building design

CIRCULATION PERIODS

Books: One week
Periodicals: One week
DVD's: Three days
Material Samples: one week
References: NRC use only                                   

NEEL MATERIAL SAMPLES COLLECTION

The NRC has amassed a large Materials Collection of building materials, approximately 7,000 samples that offer students hands-on experience with actual samples of innovative and sustainable materials used in the built environment.

Materials are central to all disciplines focused on the Architecture-Engineering-Construction industry. A Materials Library was created at Cal Poly as a learning resource for all students in the CAED intended to prepare them to enter a fast-paced world with a well-developed knowledge base and value set regarding resource use.

NEEL DIGITAL IMAGE DATABASE

The Neel NRC’s Digital Image Database (NRC-DID) some 24,000 images. is a joint and on-going project created and augmented with the cooperation of faculty, students and the NRC staff. The CAED faculty, students, and alumni donate their travel slides to the NRC-DID collection. The NRC staff supplement these donated travel images with scanned images from books in the public domain.

Major subject areas of the NRC-DID include:

  • CAED Archive of student Studio Project  and Competition entries
  • European, Asian and African architectural works, city parks and gardens (both historic and contemporary).
  • Historic city views and plan

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