USC Viterbi School of Engineering Human-Centered Computation Hall
HOK is designing an innovative computer science building for the University of Southern California’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles.
The Viterbi School of Engineering Human-Centered Computation Hall provides modern computational laboratories, core facilities, offices, meeting rooms and open spaces that promote collaboration among students, researchers, faculty members and visitors. Labs will be flexible to accommodate reconfigurations as USC’s needs change over time. A lower-level auditorium will host events for the engineering school’s student body.
The idea of “putting science on display” permeates the design. HOK’s plan for the work and social spaces produces serendipitous encounters, allowing science to spill beyond classrooms and labs into the corridors and throughout the building. The open plan and glass walls maximize transparency and integration among labs, offices and public spaces. Branding and graphics celebrate science and include high-tech displays and large-scale artwork.
The team designed the building as a living lab for sustainability that will serve as a prototype to inform future campus facilities and support USC’s commitment to the environment, human health and well-being. Designed to showcase its green technologies, the building will help raise awareness about the importance of sustainability. The project is pursuing LEED Platinum certification—the highest level—from the U.S. Green Building Council.