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The Mountain at Mullin Park — Community Impacts Information

The Mountain at Mullin Park will bring Pepperdine University into the exciting next chapter of our Malibu campus. This web page is dedicated to providing our University community in Malibu, and around the world, with updated information on the ongoing construction effort. Toggle to updates by clicking on the links below:



Project Overview and Timeline


The Mountain will provide our community with parking, community gathering, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities. The University eagerly looks forward to opening The Mountain in the fall of 2026.

Construction of The Mountain will begin with the parking structure, set to break ground in early 2023. The Parking structure project will feature seven levels - five above ground and two below, adding 831 parking spaces to campus. The structure is anticipated to feature 42 electric vehicle (EV) charging spaces upon opening as well as infrastructure to support over 200 EV charging spaces in the future. The parking structure is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2024.

The Mountain parking garage - view 1

The Mountain parking garage - view 2

The Mountain parking garage - view 3

The University is scheduled to break ground on the other elements of The Mountain in early 2024. More information about these facilities will be posted when available. 



Groundbreaking Update

people with shovels digging in dirt on construction site

The Pepperdine community gathered at Rho Parking Lot on the Malibu campus to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Mountain at Mullin Park on September 20, 2023.

As one of the biggest transformations on the Malibu campus since the 1970s, The Mountain will be a place that nurtures students' minds, bodies, and spirits and builds a unique sense of community unlike any university in the country. 

Read more about the groundbreaking event.

audience sitting with streamers and confetti dropping

Jim Gash standing in construction equipment



What to Expect — Community Impacts

In order to bring about the incredible facilities and opportunities of The Mountain, we must work together to navigate the necessary construction efforts. The following section highlights some of the impacts that members of our Malibu campus community can expect. This page will be updated regularly as the project progresses and new information becomes available.

Last updated on 1/5/2024

  Marie Canyon Closure — Beginning April 2023

Marie Canyon is closed to recreational activities as of April 1, 2023. The space will be used by construction contractors and will store dirt accumulated from excavating the parking structure site. Marie Canyon will remain closed to recreational activity until the completion of the Mountain at Mullin Park, scheduled to be completed in 2027. In lieu of these recreational facilities, the University invested in additional maintenance of Alumni Park to support the expected additional use during this time.

  Utility Work, Outer Residence Road and Huntsinger Circle — September 2023 through February 2024

As part of the ongoing utility work needed to accommodate The Mountain at Mullin Park and other Malibu Campus facilities, the Department of Design and Construction will have a contractor working in Outer Residence Road, Huntsinger Circle, and the Seaside Parking Lot.

Impacts from this work will include noise, dust, smell, and temporary restrictions on vehicular traffic. Pedestrian access will maintained at all times. 

Pepperdine Outer Residence and Huntsinger Circle map

  Permanent Closure of Rho Parking Lot — January 16, 2024

Beginning January 2024, the Rho lot will be closed to accommodate continued progress on The Mountain Parking Structure and the first phases of construction of The Mountain’s Arena, MAC, and RISE buildings. 

All cars must be moved from the Rho lot by noon on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. All remaining cars parked in the Rho lot will be towed at the owner’s expense.

  Rockwell Towers Access Road

Vehicular access to Rockwell Towers Parking Lot will be through the temporary access road accessible through Rho Parking Lot, as depicted below. Note that the access road has no pedestrian access. Pedestrian access from Rho to Towers will be through Outer Residence Road. This is an indefinite change in access.

Pepperdine Rockwell Towers Parking Lot map



Frequently Asked Questions

  When will construction on the Mountain begin and when will it be completed?

Construction on the Mountain began in the spring semester of 2023 for the parking structure. The parking structure is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024. Construction on the other Mountain facilities is expected to begin in the spring semester of 2024 and be completed in the fall semester of 2026.

  What is the impact of parking on campus?

Construction of the Mountain parking structure will take roughly 175 parking spaces offline from Rho Parking Lot. In early 2024, the rest of Rho Parking Lot, an additional roughly 400 parking spaces, will be taken offline. These losses are offset by more than 300 parking spaces that will be available in the new parking project near the baseball field plus the street parking along John Tyler Drive currently occupied by the project. Upon completion, the Mountain parking garage will provide 265 net additional parking spaces in replacement of Rho Parking Lot.

  How should pedestrians navigate around the construction site?

The University is finalizing the pedestrian walking paths to be used during the construction of the Mountain. When available, maps will be posted to this site and distributed to relevant mailing lists. Walking paths will be clearly labeled with signage throughout the areas surrounding the construction site.

  Who can I contact with additional questions?

Submit questions to the Department of Planning, Operations, and Construction by using this form.