POSTED: Friday August 18th 2017

LA 2028 celebrates the grand opening of USC Village


LOS ANGELES - The University of Southern California today opened USC Village, a $700 million, 15-acre residential and retail complex that will house more than 2,500 students above a variety of dining and shopping options.

USC Village will serve as the LA 2028 Media Village, a key component of LA 2028’s ‘Main Press Center (MPC) cluster.’ The MPC cluster is anchored by USC’s brand new Annenberg Hall, a five-minute walk from the Media Village, offering members of the media unprecedented convenience, state-of-the-art workroom facilities, and onsite support and catering services. The media Transport Mall will be located within the secure perimeter of this MPC cluster, providing a ‘clean to clean’ experience for media moving between their housing, the MPC and IBC and other secured Olympic sites.

LA 2028’s use of the USC Village is consistent with the bid committee’s low-risk approach of utilizing existing and privately-funded facilities to deliver world-class, sustainable Games.

LA 2028 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans said: “On behalf of LA 2028, I’d like to congratulate USC, my alma mater, as it celebrates the grand opening of the state-of-the-art USC Village. This world-class housing will serve as the LA 2028 Media Village, providing unparalleled convenience and comfort for journalists covering the Games."

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USC press release on USC Village grand opening

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For immediate release
August 17, 2017
Contact: Ron Mackovich at (213) 810-8583 or

The Rise of Troy: Grand opening celebration of massive USC Village Thursday, Aug. 17

LOS ANGELES - Thousands of students, their families, faculty and members of the community today celebrated the opening of USC Village, a $700 million, 15-acre residential and retail complex that will house more than 2,500 students above a variety of dining and shopping options, including a Target and a Trader Joe’s. USC Village is the largest development in the university's history and one of the largest in the history of South Los Angeles.
The Trojan Marching Band led a procession of thousands into USC Village’s Central Piazza, the new northern center of campus more than an acre in size.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias unveiled a towering bronze statue of Hecuba, Queen of Troy, accompanied by daytime fireworks.

Architectural Innovation

Six buildings were constructed in three years, employing more than 5,600 workers, many from the local community.

The sheer size of USC Village, with 1.25 million square feet of mixed-use space, is comparable to the recently completed 73-story Wilshire Grand Center in downtown Los Angeles.

USC developed and fully funded the project, which came in on time and under budget through the use of innovative technology to speed construction. The building facades were created offsite from more than 2,500 precast panels weighing 9,000 pounds.

A Trojan Tradition

USC Village is destined to become a new center of campus. Its Central Piazza is akin to the famous Hahn Plaza with the iconic Tommy Trojan statue.

The red bricks of USC Village honor the University Park Campus's architectural traditions and are reflective of Bovard Auditorium, a cherished cultural monument built in 1921 at the center of campus.

A community asset

USC Village will offer 103,000 square feet of handpicked retail, including a number of Southern California-based restaurants and services, anchored by a Target and Trader Joe’s.

During a series of town halls for USC Village, community members specifically asked for Trader Joe’s to come to the neighborhood.

In addition to providing $20 million toward affordable housing and $20 million in street improvements, USC also saved and relocated iconic Fire Station 15 and built a new state-of-the-art fire station as part of the project.

The project supported more than 5,600 construction jobs and focused on community hires through a partnership with the city of Los Angeles and local unions.

USC Village features parking for more than 1,500 bikes and is a short distance from the Expo Line.

A new way of living and learning

Learning extends beyond the classroom for the more than 2,500 students who will live in one of eight residential colleges at USC Village.

USC Village seeks to transform the traditional notion of college life with a design that encourages interaction.

Eighty residential life lounges are outfitted to make study time a destination and encourage young minds to collaborate and create solutions.

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