Works in Progress: 5 USC Places on the Rise in 2015

These new buildings will become the spots where students will learn, perform research and meet their new best friends for life.

March 22, 2016 Diane Krieger

Thanks to the Campaign for USC, the university’s $6 billion fundraising campaign, the University Park Campus will see new buildings rise in the next several years.

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Opening: Fall 2017

Location: McClintock Avenue between Downey and Childs Way

There now: Parking Lot 6, Childs Way Buildings I and II

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Details: Made possible by a $50 million gift from philanthropist and retired orthopedic spinal surgeon Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, the center will help USC biologists and engineers create biomedical devices, discover drugs, invent new materials and more. The 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center will house the labs of some 30 re-searchers, along with a nanofabrication facility and a suite of microscopy imaging technologies.

Thomas J. Barrack Hall

Location: Bridge Hall, Trousdale Park-way at Bloom Walk

Details: Major renovation of historic Bridge Hall will create a home for the USC Marshall School of Business’ 15 international programs. The transformation—resulting in new research centers, classrooms, offices and gathering areas—is funded by a $15 million lead gift from USC Trustee Thomas J. Barrack Jr. and his family.

Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall

Opening: Fall 2016

Location: Adjacent to Popovich Hall

There now: The Registration Building

Details: A technologically advanced instructional facility, Fertitta Hall will house USC Marshall’s undergraduate pro-gram. A gift from USC Trustee Frank Fertitta III ’84 and his wife, Jill, funds the project. A separate gift from USC Marshall alumnus Michael R.B. Uytengsu ’90 will name the building’s first floor.

Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center

Opening: March 2016

Location: Watt Way, between Jefferson Boulevard and West 34th Street

There now: The Student Health Services building and Parking Lot M

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Details: This teaching and performance space will house USC’s sixth arts school, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Plans call for a recital stage and dressing rooms, five dance studios, a dance wellness center, classrooms and a group area. Merging a conservatory environment with the academic rigor of a major research insti-tution, USC Kaufman matriculates its first BFA class this fall.

USC Village

Opening: Fall 2017

Location: The city block bordered by McClintock Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, South Hoover Street and West 30th Street

There now: The University Village shopping center

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Details: Soon to be home to 2,700 students, USC Village’s five residence halls will surround a grand plaza and a mix of restaurants, shops, a Trader Joe’s market, a fitness center and under-ground parking. A $30 million gift from USC Trustee Kathleen Leavey McCarthy ’57 will name the Kathleen L. McCarthy Honors College. Two additional residential colleges have also been named: USC Trustee Ray Irani PhD ’57 contributed $20 million to name the Ray Irani Residential College, and an anonymous donor has contributed $15 million to name another residential college.