USC Village Construction – December 2016

For my final regular update from the USC Village construction site, I’ve selected over 250 photos taken in December, showing every building as it approaches completion. Building 1 recently received its temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) and is starting to power each of the other buildings as their electrical and mechanical systems come online. Building 4 is nearly complete, with TCO expected in January, and the remaining buildings should all be ready by March. Sitework is complete on the northern portion of the site and beginning to move into the central plaza and the south paseos. The final sections of the facade are also nearly complete, with the final precast wall panel and much of the hand-set brick completed in December.

7 thoughts on “USC Village Construction – December 2016

  1. Pouring one out for your last update Nick, it’s been a pleasure!!

    2 questions:
    – Is there an additional long pointy piece that goes on top of the clock tower spire?
    – You mentioned future buildings 2 and 3, is there a timeline for those to get built out?

    Thanks and congrats on graduating!!

    1. The tower is pretty much complete at this point, other than the lighting. As it is, it’s basically 90 ft tall of empty steel above the roof 🙂

      The current plan is that USC will see how the current village works (in terms of programming, operations, etc.) for a couple of years before building out Buildings 2 & 3 (north part of the site), and Building 5 (current site office/former Bank of America) is intended to have a matching building across McClintock, so it would probably be built along with that next phase. That being said, the development agreement for the entire specific plan (including the current sites of Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments) only lasts until 2030, so expect a lot more action in this area over the next decade. I’d also expect some timing influence from this being the proposed site of the media village for the 2024 Olympics if LA wins that bid.

  2. Nick,

    Thank you for taking the time to do all of this. I have always been fascinated with the project, and I find it extremely interesting and also educational as I learned more about the USC Village. These updates were always appreciated as it gave a unique perspective that the average passerby would never get a chance to experience.

    Best,

    Akivan

    1. Thanks, Akivan! I think we share a similar interest in this project; it’s awesome that you’ll (hopefully) get to live in/experience the finished product as well. It’s been an awesome experience documenting its evolution and many of the interesting angles and perspectives that most people will never get to see.

  3. Thanks Nick for your monthly updates. And I really wish it wouldn’t end with this one. Congrats on graduating. I was reading your bio and realized we took a similar path at USC. I am, too, both in Viterbi studying CS, and Thornton, studying composition.

    Not complaining here, but I am not quite happy with some of the architectural decisions in the final projects. Comparing the renderings on UV website and the actual buildings, I noticed a lot of details, ornamentation, subtleties and varieties in design have not made their way into the final project (it includes the missing spire on the clock tower), resulting in a repetitive fenestration. Also I am not a great fan of precast concrete used in place of actual stone. They look fake and oddly yellow in sunlight. I wish they have kept the same Romanesque style in the interior as well.
    I was checking out the two red-brick Georgian residential colleges currently being built at Yale (Design of Robert A.M Stern). There is a great attention to the building materials and design of the complex (both interior and exterior) to make it look original. I wish USC had done the same.
    Nonetheless, UV will be a great addition to university park campus , and I am excited for the opening of UV next fall.

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