Cal Poly is consistently working hard to make sure its facilities stay up to par. Two examples of this include the recreation center and the Center for Science and Mathematics. In both cases, the University saw a need that was not being fulfilled and raised the funds to be able to meet the needs of students. The Cal Poly Recreation Center has seven basketball courts, an indoor track, hundreds of cardio machines, multiple weight rooms, and multiple swimming pools. The Center for Science and Math includes more than 100,000 square feet to provide lab space, office space, classroom space, and collaboration/study space to students and faculty alike. Other buildings do vary in modernity—there are chalkboards and there are flat-screen LCD screens. There are up-to-date computers (both Mac and PC) in many labs across campus, but it's still possible to find some antiquated machinery still in use. Most classrooms are perfectly fine for their purposes, even though they are clearly more than a couple of years old.
The indoor/outdoor student union (called the University Union, or UU) was recently redone to better provide for the needs of students. Plenty of seating, conference rooms, a full-service craft center (where else can you make your own surfboard?), and an outdoor amphitheater make it easy to hang out, eat, nap, or study! The library has pretty much the same story, minus the craft center. Lots of tables, cubicles, food, and even a study room that never closes! Speaking more generally about the overall look of Cal Poly, there isn't the typical Gothic architecture of the East Coast. The natural environment, however, never ceases to provide hours of entertainment or exercise to students. The rolling hills behind Cal Poly's campus are home to many facilities, animals, and student projects (don't miss the Architecture Graveyard!).