February 03, 2016

Construction on USC University Village reached a halfway mark last week. The 15-acre project, set to open in fall 2017, marks the largest development the university has undertaken. The milestone was marked with the installation of a 12,700-pound rooftop spire on one of the buildings.

Meléndrez designed the public and private plazas, paseos and open spaces throughout the development in coordination with architect Harley Ellis Devereaux. The site design breaks up large blocks with series of pedestrian paseos and green spaces to create connections for non-motorized uses. Native and adaptive landscaping combined with seating nooks and different sized gathering areas creates a vibrant neighborhood feel that encourages use of outdoor space and student interaction. The entire Village area is designed around a central square and green space that can accommodate events. Outdoor dining space will line the central plaza, enlivening the internal corridors.

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Rendering by ZAR, Zapf Architectural Renderings