Design Fact Sheet: USC HSC Student Housing Phase II

March 15, 2018

KTGY Architecture + Planning has revealed designs for the second phase of multi-phase student housing for University of Southern California. The building is at 1630 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, at the LAC+USC Medical Center. The developer is American Campus Communities, among the largest student housing developers in the U.S.

The first phase of the housing complex, Currie Hall (also by KTGY Architecture + Planning) includes multiple amenities, such as a swimming pool. In addition to residences, the yet-to-be-named new building will provide study rooms, a central courtyard and rooftop sky terrace. The structure also offers student-serving retail space.

“A primary design challenge was balancing the common areas with private residences in a very tight footprint,” said KTGY Director, Design, Benjamin Kasdan, AIA, LEED AP. “Each bedroom has its own bathroom, which limits open space. But we were able to commit 35% of the overall area to open space. The result is efficiency of space with an open feel for a high quality of livability.”

American Campus Communities.

KTGY Architecture + Planning.

Residential Units:
95, with 272 beds.

1630 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Breaking ground Q4 2018 to open Q4 2020.


Project Size:
134,380 square feet.

3,500 square foot of lounge and study rooms. Rooftop “sky terrace” on top of the indoor amenities space. Outdoor study rooms. Central courtyard with outdoor dining. Bike parking.

4-bedroom suites with central kitchen and bathroom.

Design Highlights:
Colors and materials relate to the project’s first phase without being its “twin,” says Kasdan. “There is brick in the base, which is a USC requirement. To ensure the look is classy and clean, we used dark red and caramel colors. The design also makes way for a coming third phase which is a hotel component. The overall campus incudes some dramatic architectural statements among its medical buildings. This structure is intended to fit-in rather than stand-out.”

10,000 square feet

Separate parking structure for multiple structures. 1,200 spaces. The demand for this project is 157.

Link to high-resolution images by KTGY Architecture + Planning