USC Zumberge Hall of Science

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  • A modernized historic USC building offers students the best in science education

  • Project Overview

    When USC needed to upgrade its aging Zumberge Hall of Science (formerly North Science Hall), they turned to us for engineering and construction support. The building is part of a group of historic campus buildings and features five levels with varying usage requirements. We split the renovation into two phases, ensuring minimal campus disruption, so that most of the work could be completed during the summer breaks. Phase 1 included the design of the building’s infrastructure, as well as all systems required for the basement and first floor. The second phase addressed the requirements for the building’s upper floors.

  • Project Overview

    We extended chilled water and steam services from a nearby central plant to the building and designed new steam to water heat exchangers to generate space heating hot water. Our team also installed individual fan coil units for the basement and second floors and a central VAV air handler to serve the offices on the first floor. We added central 100% outside-air air handlers and a laboratory exhaust system for the third and fourth floors. The laboratory plumbing systems we designed for this project included vacuum, compressed air, industrial hot and cold water, gas, and laboratory waste.