USC School of Cinematic Arts III

Los Angeles, California

General Contractor: Matt Construction
Contract Value: $650K
Year Completed: 2013
Scope of Work: Plumbing
Services: Design, 6D/BIM, Fab
Delivery: General Contracting


The USC School of Cinematic Arts Phase III is a new building that expands the campus’ School of Cinematic Arts classroom and work space by 62,500 sq. ft., adding screening rooms, audio sensitive rooms, grant research labs, faculty offices, and support spaces. One of the most notable features of the project is its innovative structural system, designed by GPLA to meet the school’s goal of a 100-year building life span. The design features replaceable connectors that isolate and redirect the damaging effects of an earthquake, protecting the building’s inhabitants and structure. 

The building consists of three stories above grade and one below and ties in aesthetically to the style and era of the existing buildings at the School of Cinematic Arts site, including advanced technology capabilities and versatility not anticipated in the prior phases. Highlights of the interior of the building include an acoustically isolated 143-seat screening room, a 100-seat jury classroom, an STC 53 rated audio production room, an elegant stair interconnecting the 1st and 2nd floors, a decorative lobby highlighted by stone and GRFC, numerous multi-purpose classrooms, and approximately 40 new offices for faculty and staff.

A COBie certified program of EcoDomus was used to deliver a 6D model for USC Facility Management.  The model contains the product and maintenance data that the facilities team will need to efficiently maintain the building and its systems.  Construction commenced in October 2011 and was completed in 16 months. Read More…